Full Name: Eugene Morrison Stoner
Why Famous: Stoner invented the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle that was eventually adopted as a combat standard by the US military as the M16 rifle. This weapon is still in use today and has seen action in almost every conflict fought by the Americans since its introduction.
- 1963-03-11 US Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara orders the adoption by the US military of the M16 assault rifle, originally designed as the AR-15 by Eugene Stoner
- 1990-05-16 Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov, the creators of the M16 rifle and the AK-47 rifle respectively, meet in Washington, D.C.