Year in World Records – July: Pokemon Go takes the world, millions of trees planted, and vinyl records played in space
By Kristen Stephenson
With a year packed full of amazing world record achievements drawing to a close, Guinness World Records is taking a month-by-month look back over the most impressive, exciting and game-changing accomplishments that have happened in 2016.
In July of 2016, we saw a host of incredible titles achieved, ranging from ancient ceremonial Aztec dances, to the retro-futuristic accomplishment of vinyl records being played for the first time in space.
One of the most daring yet terrifying titles set during the month was a successful bid for the Highest skydive without a parachute record.
Skydiver Luke Aikins (USA) managed to leap from a plane at 25,000 ft (7,600 m) above the ground, and descended without any kind of safety parachute.
The 42-year-old who had previously starred in major stunt films such as Iron Man 3, only had a GPS to navigate him towards the net he was to land in for the attempt.
Completing an astounding adventure mid-month, Russian explorer Fedor Konyukhov took the title for the Fastest circumnavigation by balloon solo after a grand round-the-world journey in his hot air balloon in 11 days.
Fedor hardly slept during the entirety of his journey, battling Antarctic winds and temperatures down to -56C, making his record a truly impressive and rare achievement.
The final frontier saw an amazing record this month, where Third Man Records in junction with designer Kevin Carrico, created a specialized turntable capable of playing vinyl at 28.78 km (17.88 mi) above the ground.
Called the Icarus Craft, the device was released using a high-altitude balloon, where it played “A Glorious Dawn” amongst the stars, and received the title for First vinyl record played in the stratosphere.