Monday, June 30, 2008

First tightrope crossing of Niagara Falls

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

1859 Tightrope maestro Charles Blondin (Jean François Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a rope in five minutes.

At five o'clock in the afternoon, Blondin started the trip that was to make history. Dressed in pink tights and a yellow tunic, the great Blondin crossed a cable about five centimetres (two inches) in diameter and 335 metres (1,100 feet) long with only a balancing pole to protect him from a plunge into the swirling rapids below ...


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