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Google celebrates world's first parachute jump 216 years ago

New Delhi: The world's first parachute jump on October 22, 1797 was celebrated today by search engine Google by posting an interactive animated doodle on its home page featuring a man wearing a hat  taking

India TV News Desk [ Updated: October 22, 2013 10:00 IST ]
google celebrates world s first parachute jump 216 years ago
google celebrates world s first parachute jump 216 years ago

New Delhi: The world's first parachute jump on October 22, 1797 was celebrated today by search engine Google by posting an interactive animated doodle on its home page featuring a man wearing a hat  taking off and then jumping from a height, waving his hat.






On that day,  French aeronaut André-Jacques Garnerin became the first person to make a parachute jump.

He used a silk parachute and jumped from a height of 3,200 feet and five years later he  bettered it with a jump from 8,000 feet .

The word 'parachute' comes from the French prefix paracete, meaning to protect against fall.

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