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Annie Edson Taylor was an American schoolteacher who became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel on her birthday, October 24, 1901.
Annie Edson Taylor had hoped to become rich with a unique publicity stunt. She planned to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She has a barrel custom built for her that was water tight and padded. She even sent the barrel over the falls with a cat in it as a trial run and, to her delight and the cat’s, the feline survived the plunge. So on October 24, 1901, the 63-year old former teacher climbed in the barrel and had her friends secure the lid. She was left adrift just above the falls where the current would pull her over. An awaiting boat pulled her out immediately after she went over the falls and the battered and terrified woman was found to be alive and uninjured.
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