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In 1911, the federal government breaks Standard Oil into several pieces under the Sherman Antitrust Act. 

One of those pieces, Standard Oil Co. (California), goes on to become Chevron.

Today, Chevron is the owner of the Standard Oil trademark in 16 states in the western and southeastern U.S.

1933Saudi Arabia grants California Standard a concession to find oil, which leads to the discovery of oil in 1938.

Standard Oil of California and Gulf Oil merge in 1984, which is the largest merger in history at that time. 

2000Chevron announces acquisition of Texaco in a deal valued at $45 billion.

2003Chevron had to pay Ecuadorian residents $28 billion for discharging 18 billion US gallons of formation water into the Amazon rainforest.

In April 2019, Chevron announced their intention to acquire Anadarko for $33 billion.

Ever wonder how Chevron  (CVX - Get Report) came to be an American oil giant? 

Chevron, based in San Ramon, runs California's two largest oil refineries, in El Segundo and Richmond. It's the state's top oil producer and one of the largest producers of natural gas.

Here's a look at some of its key moments in its history:

Chevron traces its history to 1879 when Pacific Coast Oil Co. was founded. 

In 1906, a consolidation between Pacific Coast Oil and Iowa Standard created a new entity, Standard Oil Co.

Then in 1911, Standard Oil was broken into several pieces under the Sherman Antitrust Act. One of those pieces, Standard Oil Co. of California, or SoCal, went on to become Chevron.

Today, Chevron is the owner of the Standard Oil trademark in 16 states in the western and southeastern  U.S.

In 2001, the company merged with Texaco, changing its name to Chevron Texaco Corp., but by the time it acquired Unocal Corp. in 2005, it had dropped the Texaco name.

In April 2019, Chevron announced its intention to acquire Anadarko  (APC) for $33 billion.

Soon after the oil giant reached its cash-and-stock deal for Anadarko, reports emerged indicating Occidental (OXY - Get Report) had been planning its own offer.

Chevron could be forced to up its offer to billions more should it decide to sweeten the deal.

Chevron is the world's third-largest publicly traded energy company in market capitalization.

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