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On this day in history: the modern world's first parachute jump

Losanne, Switzerland - It was on 22 October 1797 when the pioneering ballonist André-Jacques Garnerin became it

Two-hundred and twenty years ago yesterday, on 22 October 1797, pioneering balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin became the modern world's first successful parachutist. Born on 31 January 1769 in Paris, France, Garnerin reportedly first came up with the concept of a parachute whilst a prisoner in a Hungarian prison during the French Revolution – he was looking for a means of escape. He never got to...

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