Dare-devil conquers Niagara

The July 5 1928 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained photos of a man who had successfully gone over Niagara Falls in a rubber ball of his own design.

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The Daily Star didn’t have his name quite right: he was actually Jean Lussier, and he was 37, not 34, when he went over the falls. After surviving the plunge, he sold bits of the rubber ball as souvenirs; when the ball ran out, he sold bits of rubber tire instead. He died of natural causes in 1971.

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