Capitol Tours offered at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00.
Speaker Matthew J. Ryan Building Tour
On this day in 1783
The first free balloon flight took place in Paris as Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis Francois Laurent d'Arlandes ascended in a Montgolfier hot air balloon. Their flight lasted about 25 minutes and carried them nearly six miles at a height of about 300 feet over Paris.