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Mikhail Kalashnikov

Inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov
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Full Name: Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov
Profession: Inventor

Nationality:
Russia
Russian
Soviet Union
Soviet

Why Famous: Kalashnikov designed the famous AK-47 assault rifle, and its variants the AKM and the AK-74.

Its low production costs, performance under harsh conditions and widespread availability have made it one of the most prolific weapons in history.

Born: November 10, 1919
Birthplace: Kurya, Altai Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: December 23, 2013 (aged 94)
Cause of Death: Gastric hemorrhage

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Historical Events

  • 1947-07-06 The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union
  • 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.

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