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