Machine Gun in 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 in 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: police commissioner Colonel Theodore Truter, leads 6 squadrons, and artillery detachment against Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on land of their leader Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; 190 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

American Gangster George
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, American inventor (hand-cranked machine gun), born in Hertford County, North Carolina (d. 1903)