Google Doodle Celebrates First Parachute Jump

I love it when the Google Doodles are interactive like the one that is up today! The doodle is based on Andre-Jacque Garnerin’s daring leap on October 22 1797 at Parc Monceau in Paris, which saw the then 28-year-old leap from a balloon using a seven-metre silk parachute that had more resemblance to an umbrella than the high-tech equipment used today.

He plunged to earth from a height of 3,000 feet and escaped uninjured.

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