During the Vietnam War, USAF Major Philip W. Handley achieved the world's only supersonic air-to-air gun kill, when he shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-19 while flying F-4 Phantom and using F-4's 20mm cannon, at 1.2 mach (800 kts). fighterpilotuniversity.co…
Although Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was written to include cannons firing and cathedral bells, synchronising them with an orchestra proved all but impossible. It wasn't until 1954 that composer Antal DorΓ‘ti mixed a studio recording with cannons and bells, finally playing it as intended. classicfm.com/composers/t…
The term "Big Bertha" comes from Bertha Krupp, the sole owner of the company who manufactured the popular German WW1 "big bertha" siege howitzer cannon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned about "one of the biggest gun battles in the entire history of the American West," between two political factions in Laredo, TX (1886), after a mock funeral procession was held for the losing party. 250 men were involved, it left 30-45 dead. An old ceremonial cannon was used in the fighting. tshaonline.org/handbook/e…
In 1453, in the siege that would lead to the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire, the Ottomans bombarded the city walls with cannon fire for weeks on end. However, this was, by itself, ineffective, as damage to the walls was repaired more quickly than it was inflicted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
Today I learned of Margaret Corbin. When her husband went into battle in the American Revolution, she went along side him. When he was killed she took his post and was able to fire, clean and aim the cannon with great ease and speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Aircraft manufacturers use specialized cannons to fire whole dead chickens at planes in order to simulate bird strikes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The first two ironclad ships, one from each side during the civil war, battled for hours because their cannon shots proved entirely ineffectual against each other's iron armor. After a long period of fighting, both ships retreated to their respective ports. mashable.com/2016/03/03/c…
In 1956 an F-11 Tiger fighter plane shots itself down because it was faster than the speed of the 20-millimeter cannon rounds it fired moments before it crashes. popularmechanics.com/mili…
In 2014, Delain's bassist, Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, was injured when he walked in front of a streamer cannon on stage. He then went on to finish the set and an encore, all with a ruptured testicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
A Hungarian-or-German cannon caster offered his services to the last Bizantium Emperor, but they didn't have enough funds to pay him. He then approached Ottomans and made them giant cannons that helped them to take Constantinople down camrea.org/2017/09/11/orb…
A horse stands on the tip of one toe. The remaining β€œfingers” have long since faded away with the evolution of the horse, but the split bones along the cannon bone are vestigial remnants of the second and fourth fingers horseillustrated.com/hors…
The first use of naval cannons was by General Choi Mu Seon of Goryeo(Korea) in 1380, to defend against Wako pirates. londonkoreanlinks.net/201…
Today I learned of Margaret Corbin. During the battle of Fort Washington, her husband fell in action. She took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Johnny Depp spent $3 million blasting Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon that was placed atop a 153 ft tower shaped like a double-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In 1842, Santa Anna, a Mexican politician and general, staged a state funeral that included cannon salvos, poetry and lofty orations for his amputated leg. And in 1847, his prosthetic leg was captured as a battlefield trophy. britannica.com/biography/…
A factor in the fall of Constantinople was a huge cannon called Basilica that was over 8m long, .75m in diameter, and could fire 270kg stone balls over 1.5km. Basilica took 3 hours to reload, and collapsed under its own recoil after 6 weeks of use. It took 60 oxen and 400 men to transport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
During the Battle of SarhΕ« in 1619, the later Jin using mounted archers defeated the Ming equipped with rifles and cannons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
During the War of 1812, while British soldiers were in the process of destroying Washington D.C., Dr. William Thorton, Superintendent of the U.S. Patent Office saved the building from sure destruction by standing in front of a loaded cannon and convincing British Soldiers not to fire. myoutbox.net/pobere.htm
Today I learned of Simon, a cat who served on the Royal Navy HMS Amethyst and has raised the morale and killed a rat infestation during his service. He also received the Dickin Medal after surviving injuries from a cannon shell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
During the Battle Of Cowpens in the American Revolution, an American captain successfully used a spontoon to pole-vault toward a British cannon position to take it out and prevent it from firing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
The Soviets manufactured multiple weapons for Space Warfare, such as the Polyus Orbital Weapons system, a modified 23mm Rikhter Cannon attached to the Space Station Almaz, and a laser powered handgun for blinding enemy satellites, should the Cold War ever spread to space en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was performed with 16 cannons. The song commemorates the Russian defense against the invasion of Napoleon and his army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…
Today I learned of the Battle Of Bowmanville in 1942 where approximately 100 Canadian soldiers quelled a rebellion of German POWs using only hockey sticks and water cannons. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowman…
The avarage human body has enough iron in it to forge a metal nail that is 3-inches long, enough sulfur to kill all fleas on a dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, and enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads. sciencenotes.org/elements…
In 1452 a Hungarian engineer, known as Orban, offered to sell an extremely powerful cannon to the Roman Emperor. He refused, so Orban instead sold the cannon to the Ottoman emperor, who used it to breach the walls of Constantinople in 1453, which brought the end to the Roman Empire wikipedia.org/wiki/Orban
In 1841 during a naval battle between Argentina and Uruguay, the ship from Uruguay ran out of cannonballs. The captain ordered his men to shove the hard balls of cheese they had onboard into the cannons and to fire those. The cheese tore holes in the Argentine ship's sails and killed 2 sailors. anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
In the 15th century, a Hussite called Jan Ε½iΕΎka won several battles using armoured wagons containing cannon that fired through holes in their sides. His tank invention, however, was not used again after his lifetime until the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Hong Xiuquan, leader of the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) against the Qing Dynasty in China, claimed to be Jesus Christ's younger brother. After his death (1864) his body was exhumed, beheaded, burned, re-buried, exhumed again, cremated, and then the ashes were blasted out of a cannon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Simon was a ship's cat who served on the HMS Amethyst. In 1949, during the Yangtze Incident, he received the highest medal available to military animals after surviving injuries from a cannon shell, raising morale, and killing off a rat infestation during his service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
From the 60s until program retirement in 1992, the US military kept ready some cannon-fired nuclear weapons which could fit in any standard 155mm Howitzer. Each M45 AFAP round cost at least $1.25 million. AFAP stood for Artillery Fired Atomic Projectile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W48
Coquina (a stone made from cockle shells) was used for forts in the era of heavy cannons because cannonballs sank into the walls instead of shattering or puncturing them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coq…
Today I learned of the M65 Atomic Cannon, nicknamed "Atomic Annie", a US-made artillery piece designed to fire a nuclear weapon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M65…
Today I learned about GΓΆtz von Berlichingen, also known as GΓΆtz of the Iron Hand, who lost his right hand to cannon fire in 1504 and had it replaced with a mechanical iron prosthetic. GΓΆtz is remembered for his response to an enemy's order to surrender: β€œTell him he can kiss my ass." atlasobscura.com/articles…
The movie "Death Wish III" was changed to "Death Wish 3" because the Cannon Group conducted a survey and found that nearly half of the U.S. population could not read Roman numerals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The tradition of firing guns as a salute was originally a sign of peaceful intentions. Since guns and cannons needed to be reloaded after each shot, firing your gun in the air essentially rendered you "unarmed." history.army.mil/html/faq…
In 1974 the Soviet Union launched Salyut 3, a crewed military satellite armed with a 30mm 'self defence' cannon. It was fired several times and even used to destroy a test satellite in orbit. It remains the only armed, crewed spacecraft ever flown. wikipedia.org/wiki/Salyut…
In the mid-1800's Italy installed several British built 100-ton, 450mm black powder cannons on it's newest warships and in response the British bought several from the same manufacturer to install on the island of Malta. None of the guns were never used in any conflict and only two exist today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100…
Today I learned about the COLFAX, LOUISIANA, MASSACRE (1873). Approximately 150 Black men were murdered by white men with guns and cannons for trying to freely assemble at a courthouse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned about the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla, a motley collection of barges and gunboats assembled to defend Chesapeake Bay from the British Royal Navy. The ships were scuttled to prevent capture, and the sailors brought the cannons ashore to defend Washington D.C. in the Battle of Bladensburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
PhD students built a supersonic cannon that can fire pingpong balls that break the sound barrier, and shoot clean through steel cans. youtu.be/zJqMWXt5Ihs
The history of wrestling on the radio goes back some sixty years. With the likes of George Cannon, Ric Carter, John Arezzi, and then in more recent years with The LAW, Busted Open Radio, and countless podcasts today. prowrestlingpost.com/wres…
In 1896, Martha Hughes Cannon became the first female State Senator elected in the United States after defeating her own polygamist husband, Angus M. Cannon, who was also on the ballot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Le PΓ©tomane was a French professional farter. His act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing "'O Sole Mio" and "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through his anus. He could also blow out a candle yards away. His audience included royalty and Sigmund Freud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Tom Attridge, the pilot of the first jet aircraft to shoot itself down. He fired two bursts midway through a shallow dive. As the trajectory of the cannon rounds decayed, they ultimately crossed paths with the jet as it continued its descent. Though it was a crash-landing, he survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gru…
Half of President John Tyler’s cabinet along with several congressmen were killed instantly when a cannon malfunctioned and exploded during a Potomac River dinner cruise. President Tyler personally assisted with the rescue efforts and married a girl he carried away on his back history.com/.amp/this-day…
Today I learned about the Chicken Gun, a compressed-air cannon used to fire dead chickens at aircraft components in order to simulate high-speed bird strikes during the aircraft's flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
After Hunter S. Thompson, the author best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, died, he was cremated and his ashes were fired out of a cannon. The cannon was placed on top of a 153-foot statue of a fist holding a peyote button, paid for by Johnny Depp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
The massive cannons used by the Ottomans to besiege and capture Constantinople in 1453 were again bought out for a bombardment against the Royal Navy, almost 400 years later, in 1807 wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardan…
A "Hot Shot" was originally a cannon ball that was heated in a furnace and then fired at wooden ships for the purpose of setting fire to them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…

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