October 5th Balloons Around The World Day

October 5th Balloons Around The World Day

This reminds me of “Around the World in 80 Days”. In that movie, most of the travel was by balloon. The day is always celebrated the 1st Wednesday of October, celebrating Michael Faraday for his rubber balloon filled with hydrogen in 1824. His flight was done in the name of the Royal Institute of London. The balloon has been used for all sorts of duties. Travel. War, Weather, Mapping… Today it’s used more for entertainment purposes and dusk flights with a picnic supper can be very romantic. Helium is a little safer than hydrogen though.

How to celebrate – Take a balloon flight. Read about the history of the balloon. Watch the sky and see if you can spot any balloons flying.


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