During the Middle Ages, the Chinese enjoyed a higher standard of living than almost any other contemporary nation. This high standard of living was made possible by their stable civilization, which for the most part had remained unbroken for centuries. While Europe was amid dark times, poverty, war and disease, China was flourishing, producing new art, science, and literary works.
Once in a century a man may be ruined or made insufferable by praise. But surely once in a minute something generous dies for want of it.
In 1783 Marquis d''Arlandes And Pilatre de Rozier became the first humans to fly. They used a hot air balloon, which kept them in the air for about 20 minutes.