Today’s Date: Up, up, and away!

Ashley Smalley
December 1st, 2016

This article is more than 7 years old.

Nobody thought it was possible (photo: Museo del Prado)

On this day in 1806, the Belgian balloonist Etienne Gaspard Robertson made the first manned flight in Denmark.

Taking off from Copenhagen, half the population of the capital, along with the royal family, watched his ascent.

He missed them with his sandbags, unfortunately.


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