Born: Jul 04, 1753 · Les Andelys, France
Died: Mar 07, 1809 · The Hague, Netherlands
Spouse: Sophie Blanchard
Children: John Blanchard · Thomas Blanchard, Sr. · Joseph Blanchard · Pierre (Peter) Blanchard · Nathaniel Blanchard
Parents: Jean-Guillaume Blanchard · Huclette Gourgeon PoirerHighlights
- 1784: Blanchard made his first successful balloon flight in Paris on 2 March 1784, in a hydrogen gas balloon launched from the Champ de Mars.
- 1784: Blanchard took a second flight on 30 November 1784, taking off with an American, Dr John Jeffries, from the Rhedarium behind Green Street Mayfair, London to Ingress in Kent.
- 1785: Crossing of the English Channel by Blanchard and Jeffries on 7 January 1785.
- 1791: Among the events that included demonstrations of his abilities as a balloonist was the coronation of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II as King of Bohemia in Prague in September 1791.
- 1793: While Blanchard’s first parachute demonstrations were conducted with a dog as the passenger, he later had the opportunity to try it himself when in 1793 his hot air balloon ruptured and he used a parachute to escape.
- 1793: On 9 January 1793, Blanchard conducted the first balloon flight in the Americas.
Start date: Jan 07, 1942
End date: Apr 09, 1942
Inventor: Edward Teller
Lived: May 19, 1925 – Apr 15, 1998 (age 72)
Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
Spouse: Mea Son (m. 1985 – 1998) · Khieu Ponnary (m. 1956 – 1979)
Children: Saloth Sitha (Daughter)
Movies: Enemies of the People
Education: Lycee Sisowath · EFREI (1949 – 1953)Highlights
- 1953: Due to failing his exams in three successive years, Sar was forced to return to Cambodia in January 1953.
- 1956: He married Khieu Ponnary on 14 July 1956.
- 1970: Philip Short offered an explanation for the origin of Pol Pot’s name, stating that Saloth Sar announced that he was adopting the name in July 1970.
- 1975: As such, he became the leader of Cambodia on 17 April 1975, when his forces captured Phnom Penh.
- 1976: Pol Pot’s actions came in response to the Vietnamese Communist Party’s fourth Congress (14 to 20 December 1976), which approved a resolution describing Vietnam’s special relationship with Laos and Cambodia.
- 1977: It was not until a speech on 15 April 1977 that Pol Pot revealed the CPK’s existence.