October 15: First Human Balloon Flight!

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On October 15, 1783, the Montgolfier brothers send up the first balloon carrying a human being. Plus, Marie Antoinette is sentenced to the guillotine, Napoleon goes into exile for the final time, and I Love Lucy premiers on TV.

October 15 is the birthday of Emeril Lagasse, P. G. Wodehouse, Penny Marshall, Nietzsche, Jim Palmer, and John L. Sullivan; Mata Hari, Cole Porter, and Hermann Goering died. October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, National Mushroom Day, and part of Bat Appreciation Month.

Depending on who’s writing, October birthstones are opals, aquamarines, tourmalines, and coral; the birth flower is marigold, and the birth tree is ivy. In traditional astrology, October 15 is in Libra; in sidereal astrology it’s Virgo.

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