Joseph-Michel Montgolfier

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Birthday
26, 1740
Birthplace
Annonay, France
Death Date
Jun 6, 1810 (69)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
26, 1740
Birthplace
Annonay, France
Death Date
Jun 6, 1810 (69)

About

Co-inventor of the groundbreaking globe aérostatique hot air balloon.

Before Fame

He began his career as an inventor in the early 1780s.

Trivia

He and his brother, Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, first flew their hot air balloon on June 4, 1783, at a public demonstration in Annonay.

Family Life

He and his brother were two of sixteen children born to a successful paper manufacturer.

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Queen Marie Antoinette was present to witness the first launch of the Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon, an event which used a sheep, a duck, and a rooster as test subjects.

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