Parachute jumps didn't start with the 82nd Airborne or even the airplane era. Tuesday's Google Doodle is here to point us all the way back to the 18th century and have a little fun doing it.
Today's Google Doodle commemorates what the know-it-all search site describes as "the 216th anniversary of the first parachute jump." That could only be the descent from a hot-air balloon at 3,000 or so feet above Paris in 1797 by an Enlightenment Era daredevil named André-Jacques Garnerin. (Wikipedia's parachute page cites a couple of long-gone Frenchmen … Read more