Today in History: August 29, 1945

Truman Orders Refineries Seized

President Harry Truman signs an executive order authorizing the secretary of the Navy to seize control of and operate certain oil refineries as oil, gas and chemical workers threatened to strike. Truman declares the action necessary because “the war effort [would] be unduly impeded or delayed” by “interruptions in the operation of the plants and facilities used in the transportation, refining, and processing of petroleum and petroleum products.”