On this date in 1991, the SuperSoakerĀ® water gun was patented. This legendary brand of recreational water gun was the creation of African American Lonnie G. Johnson. The SuperSoakerĀ® patent number was #5,074,437, and uses, different types of water propulsion, allowing them to shoot water with greater power, range, and accuracy than a conventional squirt gun. SuperSoakerĀ® has dominated the market for water guns for many years, with more competition now arising with Buzz Bee Toys and their “Water Warriors” brand.