TIL of Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842) whose name entered the English language as the inventor of the shrapnel shell. In 1784 he invented “spherical case” ammunition: a hollow cannonball filled with lead shot that burst in mid-air. It lent the term shrapnel to to fragmentation in general ever since.

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