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