26 August 1740: Birthday of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor, invented the hot air balloon (d. 1810) (Source)

Portrait de Joseph de Montgolfier – photo: Musée des Papeteries Canson et Montgolfier (Source)

The Montgolfier brothers, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (26 August 1740 – 26 June 1810)[1] and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (6 January 1745 – 2 August 1799),[1] were aviation pioneers, balloonists and paper manufacturers from the commune Annonay in Ardèche, France. They are best known historically as inventors of the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon, globe aérostatique, which launched the first confirmed piloted ascent by man in 1783, carrying Jacques-Étienne. Joseph-Michel also invented the self-acting hydraulic ram (1796) and Jacques-Étienne founded the first paper-making vocational school. Together, the brothers invented a process to manufacture transparent paper. (Source)

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