This episode of the series from the history of 15th May includes the story of Puckle Gun, the world’s first machine gun in the year 1718, the first Mickey Mouse film was screened at the Colony Theatre in New York City in the year 1928 and finally the opening of the first McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in 1940.
Today we celebrate International Day of Families. The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 47/237 of 20 September 1993, proclaimed that 15 May of every year shall be observed as the International Day of Families. With that note let me share with you the history of 15th May.
The Puckle Gun: A Paradoxical Invention – Combining Deadly Weaponry and Calls for Peace
History of 15th May takes us to the year 1718. On this day the world’s first machine gun was patented by James Puckle, an English inventor. The gun, known as the Puckle Gun, was a manually operated weapon that could fire nine rounds per minute and was capable of firing both round and square bullets.
Interestingly, despite inventing a deadly weapon, Puckle’s original patent application included a clause that criticized war and violence, stating that the gun would be a deterrent to war and would promote peace by making it too costly for nations to engage in armed conflict.
While the Puckle Gun was never widely used, its invention marked a significant advancement in firearms technology, and its design was the precursor to modern machine guns that have played a devastating role in many conflicts throughout history.
The irony of Puckle’s patent application criticizing war while simultaneously inventing a weapon of mass destruction highlights the complex relationship between technological advancement and its impact on society. While inventions like the Puckle Gun have the potential to revolutionize warfare, they also have the potential to cause great harm and suffering. It is up to society to use technology in a responsible and ethical manner, recognizing both its potential benefits and potential risks.
“Imagine all the people living life in peace” by recalling this peace by John Lennon I start my second story.
Mickey Mouse Walks
On May 15th, 1928, history was made when the first Mickey Mouse film was screened at the Colony Theatre in New York City. The film, titled “Plane Crazy,” was a silent short that featured Mickey Mouse attempting to fly an airplane. Although it was the fourth Mickey Mouse film to be produced, it was the first to be shown in theaters.
“Plane Crazy” was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, who had been working on developing the character of Mickey Mouse for several months. The film was not an immediate success, but it paved the way for the popularity of Mickey Mouse and the Disney brand as a whole.
Mickey Mouse quickly became one of the most recognizable and beloved cartoon characters in the world, and has since appeared in countless films, television shows, and merchandise. The character’s success also helped establish Walt Disney as a major player in the entertainment industry, and paved the way for the creation of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Today, Mickey Mouse remains an icon of popular culture and a symbol of the magic and imagination that Disney is known for.
From Cartoons to Food my third story.
McDonald’s – 83 Years of Fast Food Bliss
Well, well, well, on this day in 1940, the world got a whole lot tastier because the first McDonald’s fast-food restaurant opened its doors! It’s hard to imagine a world without the golden arches now, isn’t it? I mean, what would we do without those addictive fries and burgers that are so good they’re practically their own food group?
I guess we owe a big thanks to the McDonald brothers for coming up with the concept, but I have to wonder if they knew what they were getting into. Did they have any idea that they were creating a fast-food empire that would take over the world? Or were they just two guys who really loved burgers and thought it would be cool to sell them to other people?
Either way, I’m glad they did it. And let’s be honest, who hasn’t made a late-night run to McDonald’s and ordered way more than they intended to? It’s practically a rite of passage. So here’s to 83 years of greasy, delicious fast food – may the golden arches continue to shine bright for many more years to come!
That’s all from the history of 15th May. See you tomorrow.
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A devoted foodie with keen interest in wild life, music, cinema and travel Somashis has evolved over time . Being an enthusiastic reader he has recently started making occasional contribution to write-ups.