On June 28, 1682 Dom Pierre Perignon, a Benedictine monk and cellar master of Abbey of Hautviliers invented Champagne.
He was the first to blend grapes in such a way as to improve the quality of wines and deal with a number of their imperfections. Dom Pierre Perignon also introduced corks, which were fastened to bottles with hemp string soaked in oil in order to keep the wines fresh and sparkling, and used thicker glass in order to strengthen the bottles which were prone to explode at that time.
So happy belated birthday Champagne! And a really big cheers!