MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (UPI) — Google’s latest search page doodle is celebrating the first person in history known to have made a jump with a parachute.
Frenchman Andrew Garnerin jumped from a hot air balloon that had carried him to 3,000 feet on Oct. 22, 1797, his primitive parachute bringing him to a safe lancing in Park Monceau in Paris.
The parachute used by the 28-year-old — a 30-foot wide canopy of silk — looked more like an umbrella than a modern parachute.
Following his successful jump, he was given the title Official Aeronaut of France.
Garnerin made parachute jumps a family affair. In 1799 his wife Jeanne-Genevieve became the first woman to jump using a parachute.
The Google doodle celebrating Garnerin’s accomplishment is interactive, allowing users to control the direction of a cartoon figure’s descent with a mouse or keyboard arrow keys to bring him to a safe landing.