Oct. 22, 2013 at 1:23 AM ET
Back on Oct. 22, 1797, a Frenchman called Andrew Garnerin became the first person known to jump with a parachute. Wouldn't he be proud to know his legacy is memorialized, 216 years later, by a keyboard-powered interactive Doodle from the world's largest search engine?
And about old Garnerin, here's a helpful article that tells you all you need to know: His first drop was from 3,000 feet, after he was brought aloft by hot-air balloon; he may have vomited all over the crowd below; his record jump height was around 8,000 feet; and he never once plummeted to his death, though his daredevil hobby did bring about his untimely demise — he was killed in a workshop mishap. There, feel smarter now?
This article was updated at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday to reflect that it was a hot-air balloon that brought Garnerin up, not a hydrogen balloon. Thanks for the fact-checking (and history lesson), @fracmeister!