On this day in history: daredevil crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope

By Kathleen Guill

kathleen@press-leader.com

 

Posted 6/28/22

On June 30, 1859, Jean Francois Gravelet, a Frenchman known professionally as Charles Blondin, became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Gravelet was born Feb. 28, 1824, in Hesdin, France and he died Feb. 22, 1897, in Little Ealing, near London, England.

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