|Felix Baumgartner about to jump from the stratosphere.|
The fall lasted about 8 minutes and Baumgartner broke the sound barrier by reaching a maximum descent speed of 834 miles per hour. He was the first human being to ever break the barrier without the aid of vehicular power. He also broke the record for flying higher in a balloon than any human in history. I watched the entire thing live on my iPad. I was plugged into one of 8 million livestreams watching the event, which was history in and of itself. You can watch it here.