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June 30, 1859
Daredevil crosses Niagara Falls on tightrope
Jean Francois Gravelet, a Frenchman known professionally as Charles Blondin, becomes the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The feat, which was performed 160 feet above the Niagara gorge just down river from the Falls, was witnessed by some 5,000 spectators. Wearing pink tights and a yellow tunic, Blondin crossed a cable about two inches in diameter and 1,100-feet long with only a balancing pole to protect him from plunging into the dangerous rapids below.
BGCA is excited to announce the 2021 Virtual National Keystone Conference on Thursday and Friday, July 22-23, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. ET.
The 2021 conference aims to encourage teens to rise up in the face of adversity and to provide them with a sense of hope and excitement about their future. The conference will recognize and celebrate teens from across the Movement who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in academic success, career preparation and community service.