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Today in History: June 4

Microsoft News | Slide 1 of 11: FRANCE - MAY 13:  The first free flight by a woman was made by Marie Elisabeth Thible, a French opera singer, on 4 June 1784. Madame Thible made her ascent in a Montgolfier balloon, named Le Gustave in honour of the Swedish King, Gustav III, who witnessed the ascent. The balloon reached a height of 8500 feet (2591m) in a flight lasting 45 minutes. Illustration from Histoire des ballons et des aeronautes celebres: 1783-1800 (History of balloons and famous aeronauts), by Gaston Tissandier (1843-1899), published in 1887.

1784: Madame Elisabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist

Eight months after first manned balloon flight, Elisabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist. She boarded the air balloon "Le Gustav" which was named in honor of the Swedish King, Gustav III.

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