Today in Machine Gun History

Historical Events

  • 1718-05-15 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
  • 1862-11-04 Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun (Indianapolis)
  • 1898-09-02 Machine gun 1st used in battle
  • 1912-06-07 US army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane
  • 1914-09-09 First fully mechanized unit in the British Army created - the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade (WWI)
  • 1921-05-24 Bulhoek Massacre of Israelites takes place near Queenstown when Colonel Theodore Truter, a police commissioner, leads 6 squadrons, a machine gun and an artillery detachment against the Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader and prophet, Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; the slaughter takes 10 minutes and costs 190 lives

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933-10-12 Gangster George Francis Barnes, aka Machine Gun Kelly, is sentenced to life imprisonment

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American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • 1972-10-30 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns

Famous Birthdays

  • 1818-09-12 Richard Jordan Gatling, US, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun)