On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 24 of October, repeating indefinitely
On October 24, 1901, American school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. 🛢️🛢️🛢️ Why did she do it? Having fallen on hard times, Taylor hoped to raise her notoriety (and money) with the stunt.
Despite her post-fall recommendation against it, several others have since made the trip, many dying in the process:
“If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat. I will never go over the Falls again. I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”
Annie Edson Taylor, 1901
-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Media and Digital Content Associate