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Annie Edson Taylor ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel at the age of 63.

Ils ont descendu les chutes du Niagara en tonneau

“Annie Edson Taylor was an American adventurer who, on her birthday became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. (via First person to survive trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel - Retronaut)

1901:  In search of fame and fortune, a sixty-three-year-old retired dancing instructor named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person ever to plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive. Upon recovering from her concussion, she tells reporters, “If it was my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat.”

Annie Edson Taylor Queen of the Mist after her trip over the Horseshoe Falls - Details

Annie Edson Taylor was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She is pictured with the cat she sent over the falls in the barrel a few days earlier to test its strength.

Annie Edson Taylor~an American Adventurer who, on her birthday, October became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She is pictured with the cat she sent over the falls in the barrel a few days earlier to test its strength.

Donna Tobias became the first woman to graduate from the Navy's Deep Sea Diving School in 1975. She had to handle some 200 pounds of gear, including a Mark V dive helmet, weighted boots, and a heavy canvas suit.

spasticalactica: “ “Donna Tobias became the first woman to graduate from the Navy’s Deep Sea Diving School in She had to handle some 200 pounds of gear, including a Mark V dive helmet, weighted.

"Annie Edson Taylor was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Desiring to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, she decided...[to attempt the stunt]. Taylor used a custom-made barrel for her trip, constructed of oak and iron and padded with a mattress...Rescuers reached her barrel shortly after the plunge. Taylor was discovered to be alive and relatively…

"I'd rather walk in front of a live cannon than do it again": Words of widow, Annie Edson Taylor, as she emerged from barrel after becoming the first person to survive drop over Niagara Falls, 1901

On This Day in History, October 24, 1901: Schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

On This Day in History, October Schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Les raisins de la colère

Dorothea Lange - People living in miserable poverty, Elm Grove, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, August 1936 [via Shorpy]

wreck of the jeanne gougy

+~+~ Vintage Photograph ~+~+ Crew member is rescued from the French fishing trawler Jeanne Gougy which ran aground at Lands End, Cornwall. 12 men, including the Skipper lost their lives.

New York State Park Police battled deadly currents just above Niagara Falls to save a dog who had become stranded on an island after she ran away when she was scared by 4th of July fireworks.

New York State Park Police battled deadly currents just above Niagara Falls to save a dog who had become stranded on an island after she ran away when she was scared by of July fireworks.

Golden Gate bridge on opening day, 1937

The Golden Gate Bridge opened on May linking Marin to San Francisco. Pedestrians had the bridge to themselves on opening day. The next day, cars started crossing. (Photo provided by the Golden Gate Bridge District)

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