The first parachute jump from a balloon in the United States was made in 1819 by Frenchman Charles Guille. His parachute jump was one of several which had been taking place following the development of balloon flight by the Montgolfier brothers in France in the 1780’s. Their flights brought about the development of the modern parachute. On October 22nd 1797 Andres-Jacques Garnerin made a successful parachute descent from about 1000m in Paris.
Although the exact origin of the parachute is unknown the idea dates back several centuries. In 852 Armen Firman sustained only minor injuries when he jumped from a tower in Cordoba, Spain using a makeshift parachute. A sketch of a parachute by Leonardo da Vinci dates back to 1485. Louis-Sébastien Lenormand made the first jump using a modern parachute from a building in France in 1783.
Charles Guille made the first parachute jump in the United States from 2,500m above New York in the year 1819 On This Day.