On this day:

1718: The world’s first machine gun, called Puckle Gun, is patented by James Puckle

1928: The first Mickey Mouse film, Plane Crazy, is screened

1940: The first McDonald’s fast food restaurant opens

Born on this day:

1817: Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer

1907: Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighter

Gone on this day:

1886: Emily Dickinson, American poet