laphamsquarterly: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Jeanne-Geneviève Garnerin! On this day in 1799, Madame Garnerin became the first woman to (successfully) jump out of a balloon and land safely using a parachute, an invention of her husband. Mme. Garnerin, also believed to be the first woman to navigate a balloon sans monsiuer, retired from ballooning after her husband’s death.