The first successful parachute jump was made on Oct. 22, 1797 by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, a Frenchman who jumped from a hot air balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. The first attempt was made by Louis-Sebastien Lenormand, who used two umbrellas to attempt to slow his fall from a tree in 1783.Continue Reading
Garnerin, being more interested in the military uses of parachutes after he was imprisoned during the French Revolution, designed and tested in a more scientific manner, producing results much closer to the modern parachutes of today.
The first successful parachute jump from an airplane was completed on March 1, 1912, less than nine years after the first successful airplane flight, when Captain Albert Berry of the Missouri National Guard jumped from a biplane at about 1,500 feet.Learn more about Inventions
Some easy physics experiments for kids are studying how static electricity works using a balloon and wool cloth, making a rainbow or a parachute, and trying out different colored surfaces to see which one absorbs light better. Other ideas for experiments are testing the behavior of magnets in certain conditions, such as under water or when frozen, and making an electrical circuit using a potato.Full Answer >
There is no one person credited with inventing the jump rope, since it dates back to ancient times. The modern version of the jump rope is believed to have been invented in Egypt in 1600 A.D.Full Answer >
Matches were invented in 1805 by a French chemist called Jean Chancel in Paris. Jean was an assistant to Professor Louis Jacques Thenard. There were different experiments before Chancel's invention, but he was the one credited with the deed.Full Answer >
The modern keyboard-style glockenspiel was invented by Auguste Mustel in Paris in 1886. The instrument is typically used to perform difficult glockenspiel parts in orchestral music and also is known as the celesta.Full Answer >