'Monsieur Garnerin's Wonderful Ascent by a Parachute', 21 September 1802.
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Illustrations from a broadsheet published by John Fairburn, showing the various stages of Garnerin's parachute descent. French aeronaut Andre Jacques Garnerin (1769-1825) made the first ever successful parachute jump from a balloon at a height of 3,000 feet (915 m) in Paris, France on 22 October 1797. Thereafter, he made exhibition jumps in a number of countries, including one in England from St George's Parade, North Audley Street, London on 21 September 1802. On this occasion, Garnerin ascended 10,000 feet (3048 m) in the balloon before releasing his parachute. He landed in a field near St Pancras, bruised from the motion of the car but otherwise unhurt.