1783 - 1783, Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d'Arlandes became the first men to fly in a hot-air balloon that lifted off from La Muettte, a royal palace in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris. The balloon flew nearly 6 miles in 25 mins and it reached an altitude of around 300-ft.
1877 - Thomas Edison announced his invention of his "talking machine" - the tin-foil cylinder recorder that preceeded the phonograph.
1694 - Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire) - author, philosopher
Voltaire's Philosophical Contribution - http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/voltaire/
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