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Study reflects steady climb of gas prices through the years

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On Friday, the Associated Press released a report on milestones of gas prices and how they’ve changed throughout the years. (Price shown is the nationwide average for a gallon of unleaded regular.) FIRSTS: September 1979: First monthly average above $1. May 19, 2004: Tops $2 for first time. Sept. 3, 2005: Tops $3 for first time. June 8 to July 25, 2008: Only period above $4. 1980: Top $1 for a full year ($1.25). 2005: Tops $2 for a full year ($2.30). 2008: Tops $3 for a full year ($3.27). LASTS: March 1999: Last month below $1. March 25, 2009: Last day below $2. Dec. 22, 2010: Last day below $3. TODAY: March 23, 2012: $3.89. 10 YEARS AGO: March 23, 2002: $1.32. ~?Sources: Energy Information Agency, Oil Price Information Service.