7. The First Human-Based Balloon Was of Entertainer Eddie Cantor

Top 10 secrets of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade_1934_Eddie Kantor_balloon_human_NYC_Manhattan_Untapped Cities_Stephanie GeierThe Eddie Cantor balloon floating down the parade route in 1940. Photograph Courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.

In 1934, the multi-talented, American entertainer Eddie Cantor became the first person to have a balloon made of him. You may know Cantor from some of his famous songs, like “Yes! We Have No Bananas” and “Merrily We Roll Along.”