Coelum ipsum petimus stultitia, a giant exploding balloon; 1784
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A giant exploding balloon watched by a crowd. It is a satire on the bursting of Keegan's balloon in the garden of Foley House, Portland Place, while it was being filled. Sheldon's ascent therefore ended in disaster on 25th September 1784.
1784 AD - 1784 AD