26 January 2021
Edinburgh's One O'Clock Gun, which helped ships in the Firth of Forth tell the time, was fired for the first time on 26 January 1861. ...
The One O'Clock Gun was fired for the first time in Edinburgh on 26 January 1861. The gun was created to complement a time ball on Nelson's Monument, which proved of no use in foggy conditions.
The original gun took four men to fire and was connected to the Royal Observatory's clock by a 4,000 foot electric cable.
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