1. Daredevil Duo is the first to scale Niagara Falls
The aerialist stunned onlookers as she performed the record-breaking feat, telling people afterwards that the stunt was harder than she expected because of the weather.
"It felt amazing. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but then I just put myself back in my backyard where I train all the time," Wallenda said in a press conference following her stunt. "I felt good enough to where I was able to hang by my teeth a second time."
The stunt comes five years after her daredevil husband became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a high wire, a wildly popular achievement that was televised in in 2012.
Nik Wallenda called his wife "a ballerina in the air" during a news conference Thursday detailing the stunt.
Erendira Wallenda assured the public that her training had prepared her for the feat.
"This is something that we train for, so I'm not just going to go out there and be like, 'Oh I hope for the best," she said.
Rebecca Wydysh, a representative for the Niagara County Legislature, presented Wallenda with a proclamation to commemorate her spectacle and declared June 15 as Erendira Wallenda Day in Niagara County.
"I'm just so thankful for the opportunity, so hopefully we can do something together in the next five years," Wallenda said, hinting at a future stunt with her husband.
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3. The first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a high wire
The approval came after nearly two years of lobbying governments in both the United States and Canada. Wallenda's walk also brought in $3.3 million of revenue to the city of Niagara Falls, New York. 38,000 people gathered in that state to watch the action.
4. The woman who crossed the Niagara Gorge with her feet in peach baskets
The last legal tightrope walk occurred in July of 1896.
5. ANNIE EDSON TAYLOR
The Pan American Exposition was taking place in Buffalo, New York and Ms. Taylor felt she would be able to attract a huge crowd. On the afternoon of October 24th, 1901 a small boat towed the barrel containing Ms. Taylor and her cat into the main stream of the Niagara River where it was cut loose.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. the barrel was seen edging over the brink, only to reappear less than a minute laterwhere it was seen floating at the base of the falls. Fifteen minutes later the barrel reappeared close to the Canadian shore, where it was dragged to a rock and the barrel lid removed.
To everyone's amazement, Annie Taylor emerged from her barrel, dazed but triumphant. Her only injury was a cut on her forehead that she received while being extracted from her barrel.
Mrs. Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to ever go over the Mighty Niagara Falls and survive and she undoubtedly found the fame that she had been seeking.
For many years after this event she sold mementos of her feat on the streets of Niagara Falls, claiming that she would never attempt another journey over the falls, preferring to walk into the mouth of a cannon. Unfortunately, while Annie Taylor may have found the fame that she desperately sought, she did not find the fortune. She passed away in 1921, poor and destitute.
6. Niagara Falls finally kills daredevil
He should have called it quits then.
Kirk Jones tried the stunt again on April 19 — this time in a 10-foot inflatable ball — but was killed the second time around.
The 53-year-old’s body was recovered 12 miles away at the mouth of Lake Ontario on June 2, State Park Police Detective Sgt. Brian Nesbit told the Syracuse Post-Standard.
His ball was picked up by the Maid of the Mist tour boat.
“That’s the guy,” Nisbet said when asked whether Jones was the same man who’d survived the falls on Oct. 20, 2003, when he went over wearing only his clothes.
Jones “may have been attempting a stunt by going over Niagara Falls in a large inflatable ball,” Nisbet said.
In 2003, the man’s family said Jones had planned his unprotected plunge as a daredevil stunt — but he initially said he was trying to kill himself, the paper reported.
He broke his ribs and bruised his spine in the 180-foot fall into the Horseshoe Falls along the US-Canada border, where water rushes at 150,000 gallons a second.
Canadian authorities banned Jones for life after he pleaded guilty to unlawfully performing a stunt and mischief. He was fined nearly $3,000.
“I’m feeling very happy to be alive,” Jones said after appearing in court in 2003. “I ask that no one ever try such a terrible stunt again. I understand what I did was wrong. You’ll never see an action in Niagara waters with my name written on it again.”
He described his experience in an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” a week after the stunt.
“I felt like and heard a suction — a suction that, like a large vacuum cleaner, you suck up an insect on the counter,” Jones said on the show. “And I was actually sucked inside, immediately, inside the curtain of the falls. Inside it. And enveloped in it, actually.”
Jones and his brother, Keith, planned to write a book, tentatively titled, “You’re Kidding Me: A Knucklehead’s Guide to Surviving Niagara Falls.”
There’s no evidence the guide was ever published.
Jones later joined a Florida-based circus as a stunt performer and had recently been living in Spring Hill, Fla.
Since his 2003 stunt, three other people have survived unprotected plunges, most recently in 2012.
7. This California Thrill Seeker Went Out In The Most Epic Way Possible
Back in 1995, 39-year-old California stunt man Robert Overacker hoped to join that exclusive club...until tragedy struck on his way down.
On October 2, 1995, Overacker arrived at Niagara Falls to execute a stunt to raise awareness for the homeless. He planned to Jet Ski over the falls on the Canadian side, deploy a parachute, and land safely.