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1868
Harvey S. Firestone is born on a farm near Columbiana, Ohio.
1895
Firestone marries Idabelle Smith.
1900
Firestone incorporates The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Ohio.
1900
The company begins selling tires manufactured by others.
1903
The first set of rubber tires is manufactured at the Firestone factory in Akron, Ohio.
1904
The company develops the first mechanically fastened, straight-sided pneumatic tire.
1906
In its first original equipment sale, Harvey S. Firestone sells 2,000 sets of tires to Henry Ford. This is the largest order of tires for the time.
1907
The company develops the "demountable rim" making the repair and replacement of tires easier.
1908
Firestone introduces the first non-skid tire.
1909
Firestone begins manufacturing tire rims.
1910
Firestone profits exceed $1 million for the first time.
1911
The inaugural Indianapolis 500 is won on Firestone tires by Ray Harroun.
1918
Firestone begins the pioneering "Ship by Truck" movement.
1919
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company of Canada is organized.
1920
The company perfects a method of insulating tire cords against internal heat by a process known as "gum-dipping."
1922
The company develops the industry's first low-pressure balloon tire.
1926
Firestone initiates the now popular one-stop service store program.
1928
The company establishes its first overseas tire plant in Brentford, England.
1928
Firestone is voted as one of nine "Pioneers of American Industry."
1928
The "Voice of Firestone" radio program debuts.
1932
The company develops the first low-pressure tractor tire and starts the "Put the Farm on Rubber" campaign.
1936
The Firestone Industrial Products plant is established in Noblesville, Ind.
1938
Harvey S. Firestone dies in his sleep at his home in Miami Beach, Fla.
1939
The company begins producing tank tracks, airplane fuel cells, gas masks and other military items for the defense program.
1940
The company begins developing and producing special tires for combat vehicles.
1940
The company's first synthetic rubber plant begins production.
1942
The company develops the divided rim for military use. Possibly the first run flat tire, an extra metal band on the rim acts as a support to enable tires to run 100 miles or more after deflation.
1945
The Firestone Research building is dedicated in Akron, Ohio.
1948
Firestone tires win the 25th Indianapolis 500 in a row.
1949
The first NASCAR race (in Charlotte, N.C.) is won on Firestone tires by Jim Roper.
1949
The "Voice of Firestone" radio program is simulcast on television.
1950
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company celebrates its 50th anniversary and dedicates a life-size Harvey Firestone Memorial.
1951
The company begins producing the Corporal guided missile for the U.S. government.
1953
The company introduces the Firestone "500" all-nylon tubeless tire designed for high speed passenger cars.
1953
The company does $1 billion in business for the first time.
1954
For the first time, the "Voice of Firestone" is telecast in color.
1954
The company introduces the tubeless tire for tractors and airplanes.
1957
The company dedicates a 7.7 mile test track in Fort Stockton, Texas. The track is used to test tires under a variety of wet and dry conditions.
1963
The final "Voice of Firestone" television program airs.
1964
The company introduces its first radial tire to the North American market.
1965
Art Arfons sets a land speed record of 576.55 mph on Firestone tires.
1965
The company introduces the "Super Sports Wide Oval" tire. This effort pioneered the concept of wide low-profile tires which continues today for high-performance cars.
1968
Graham Hill becomes the first driver to win the FIA Formula One championship on Firestone tires.
1971
The company develops the first American-made steel belted radial tire.
1971
The company develops the "liquid molded cast tire." It never becomes a commercial success because of the market dominance of the steel-belted radial tire.
1972
Ray Elder produces the 568th Firestone win in NASCAR when he takes the checkered flag at Riverside Raceway, June 18,
driving a Dodge Charger.
1973
Harvey S. Firestone, Sr. is inducted into the Automobile Hall of Fame.
1973
Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., eldest son of the company founder, dies at age 75.
1974
The company announces the Steel Radial 500 ACT (advanced concept tire) providing run flat capability at speeds up to 40 mph.
1979
Firestone introduces the temporary-spare, which allows more trunk space and reduces fuel consumption by reducing tire weight.
1983
Bridgestone Corporation establishes its first U.S. production facility by purchasing a Firestone plant in Tennessee.
1987
Corporate headquarters moves from Akron to Chicago.
1988
Bridgestone Corporation purchases The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, including its global operations.
1990
Corporate headquarters moves from Chicago to Akron.
1990
The U.S. operations of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company are consolidated as Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
1991
Firestone becomes the official tire of the Indy Lights Championship series.
1991
The BIGFOOT Monster Truck Racing program names Firestone as its official tire.
1992
Corporate headquarters moves from Akron to Nashville.
1993
Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. announces its return to Indy car racing.
1994
Bridgestone/Firestone's Warren County plant is the first U.S. tire plant to meet the ISO 9000 quality standard.
1994
Bridgestone/Firestone Off Road Tire Company is formed.
1995
Firestone "the legend" returns to CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) competition with Firestone Firehawk tires, taking two checkered flags.
1996
The Indianapolis 500 is won for the 49th time on Firestone tires by Buddy Lazier.
Bridgestone/Firestone introduces UNI-T? technology in the U.S., which enhances a tire's grip on wet surfaces without sacrificing the life of the tire.
1997
Arie Luyendyk wins the Indianapolis 500 on Firestone tires. This is the 50th time the race is won on Firestone tires, more often than all other tire manufacturers combined.
1998
Bridgestone/Firestone introduces UNI-T AQ? technology in the U.S., which maintains a tire's performance on wet surfaces even as the tire wears.
1998
Bridgestone/Firestone announces its Dayton brand will become the official tire for the Indy Lights Championship.
1999
The Firestone Racing program clinches its fourth consecutive driver's championship in CART, and its third championship in the
Indy Racing League.
Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., opens its most technologically advanced tire plant in Aiken, S.C.
2000
Firestone celebrates its 100th anniversary.
(www.firestone100.com/history/100years_fr.html)

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