When was the first parachute jump? A Google Doodle celebrates its anniversary
The 216th anniversary of the very first parachute jump has been celebrated in a Google Doodle.
GOOGLE has changed the design of its homepage to celebrate Andre-Jacque Garnerin’s jump on October 22 1797 from a balloon above Parc Monceau in Paris.
The Frenchman used a seven-metre silk parachute resembling an umbrella to ease his path to the ground.
When Garnerin’s balloon reached 3,000 feet above the park, he cut his basket loose and opened the parachute.
Visitors to Google’s homepage can now recreate that leap using their right and left arrow keys to guide the path of their parachutist safely towards the ground.
The French daredevil emerged from the basked unscathed, despite it jerking in the air and a violent landing.
Garnerin became an international celebrity following the leap and was awarded the title of Official Aeronaut of France.
His wife, Jeanne Genevieve Labrosse, was also a balloonist and the first ever female parachutist. The couple visited England in the early 1800s and took part in several balloon flights while in the country.
Garnerin died in Paris on August 18, 1823 at the age of 54. He was struck by a falling beam while on the construction site for a new balloon