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Jean Lussier goes over Niagara Falls in rubber ball...



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July 5, 1928

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 5, 1928

* Jean Lussier - Canadian-American daredevil
* Over Niagara Falls (Horseshoe) in rubber ball


The top of the front page has a two column heading: "Man Goes Over Niagara in a Rubber Ball; Third Time Falls Have Been Conquered" (see) Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 40 pages, light toning, a few small binding slits along the spine, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Joseph Albert "Jean" Lussier was a Canadian-American daredevil, best known for going over Niagara Falls on July 4, 1928. Unlike the daredevils who had gone over the Falls previously in wooden barrels, Lussier designed and built a 6 ft rubber ball lined with oxygen tubes, which he rode over Horseshoe Falls. Lussier capitalized on his fame by moving to Niagara Falls and selling pieces of the ball to tourists and later used tires after the pieces of the ball ran out. In the 1950s, when Lussier was in his 60s, he talked about plans of building a bigger ball and going over the American Falls, but these were never realized and he retired in 1958. Lussier died of natural causes at the age of 80.

Category: The 20th Century

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