Today in Sporting History

Posted: October 22, 2007 in Today in history

In 1797, Andr‚-Jacques Garnerin makes 1st parachute jump from balloon in Paris. He began experimenting with parachutes while he was a prisoner of war in Hungary. However, during his three year stay he never reached the stage where he could employ his parachute to escape from the high ramparts of the prison.

After ascended to an altitude of 3,200 feet (975 m) in an hydrogen balloon he jumped from the basket. As Garnerin failed to include an air vent at the top of his parachute, he oscillated wildly in his descent. However, he landed unhurt half a mile from the balloon’s takeoff site

In 1883, 1st New York Horse Show held at Madison Square Garden

In 1885,  John Ward and several teammates secretly form Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players, 1st baseball union

In 1939,  1st recorded TV NFL game-Eagles vs Dodger.

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