[model of hot air balloon via wikipedia]
The first manned flight of a hot air balloon was on November 21, 1783. Two brothers, Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, used the smoke from a fire to blow hot air into a silk bag, which was attached to a basket.
Celebrate this day in travel history by listening to The Fifth Dimension album "Up Up and Away". Have a picnic in your living room and dream of beautiful balloons.
[floor picnic via flickr]