On this day in history…

  • 1797: Frenchman Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes the first ever parachute jump, from a balloon above Paris.
  • 1934: The Chinese Communists’ ‘Long March’ to escape the encircling Guomindang (nationalist) forces begins.
  • 1966: British double-agent George Blake, who betrayed 40 British spies, escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison.


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