On this day:

1779 French balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin becomes the First Person to Jump With a Parachute

1884 International Meridian Conference Adopts Greenwich, England as initial longitudinal meridian

2008 India Launches its First Lunar Mission Chandrayaan-1

Born on this day:

1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian pianist, composer

1870 Ivan Bunin, Russian author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate

Gone on this day:

1954 Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet