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On this day: August 27

POSTED: 02:55 PM PDT Aug 24, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 26, 2013 

Krakatoa blows its top, The Guinness Book of World Records debuts, "Mary Poppins" premieres, The Beatles meet The King, and a guitar great dies, all on this day.

OTD August 27 - hydrogen balloon
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1783: Jacques Alexandre César Charles, a member of the French Academy of Science, launches the first balloon inflated with hydrogen gas. The unmanned flight ascended from the Place des Victories in Paris to a height of nearly 3,000 feet and came down some 15 miles away where terrified peasants attacked and destroyed it.


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