11/04 – The Gatling Gun

A drawing of the Gatling Gun showing its multiple barrels and old-fashioned design. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1862 Dr Richard J. Gatling patented the Gatling gun. The Gatling, a multi-barreled hand-cranked firearm, was one of the first machine guns and the deadliest rapid-firing weapon of its kind up to that point. The…

10/31 – Luther’s 95 Theses

Luther at the Diet of Worms, 1521. The assembly declared Luther an outcast of the Holy Roman Empire. (source: Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1517 Martin Luther, a German theology professor, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. The document, known as the "Disputation on the Power and Efficacy…