June 15, 2012 – Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls.
A tethered Wallenda accomplished the feat on Friday night, saying he got through by “a lot of praying.” He also credited his concentration, focus and training.
Wallenda said the feat “will be with me forever” and the worst part was waiting for TV networks to be ready as he crouched on the starting platform. “There were 10 painful minutes sitting on that platform. My legs started falling asleep and cramping up.”
Asked what he would do next, Wallenda said: “I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon so that’s a process we’ll start working on. I’d say within three to five years I’ll accomplish that as well.”
The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896. more…
Sarah Takacs and her friend took a road trip from Ohio to Niagara Falls for Spring Break. This was the first time any of them saw Niagara Falls in the winter.
Sarah tells us, “At times, we could feel the mist, and, while standing on a bridge, we were amazed at how fast the water flowed over the rocks below us. The best part of the trip, in my opinion, was getting to see the Falls lit up in many different colors at night.”
Paul Henderson was a talented but unspectacular left winger who was the unlikeliest of heroes. Unlikely heroes have come to define Canadian hockey. Will there be a hero tonight as Canada takes on Russia at the Olympics?
On September 28th, 1972 Paul Henderson scored a remarkable goal that concluded the comeback victory over a Soviet hockey team that had pushed Canada to the brink of defeat. Of course, none of this was supposed to happen. Team Canada was composed of the NHL’s greatest stars, and were expected to easily defeat ‘the communists’. The success of the Soviets stunned Canadians, who had always unquestioningly believed in their country’s hockey supremacy. “The goal heard around the world” was scored at 19:26 of the final period. For a moment the world stood still, and then as the red light flickered behind Vladislav Tretiak, Canadians hearts filled with pride and joy.
An 18 minute video by Travel Video Store . The video has fantastic Niagara Falls footage and is very educational. The Travel Store took down the original video we posted and replaced with this shorter and older video.
The film was taken on the American side of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls New York, USA. The date of the footage is believed to be December 12, 1896. The copyright was owned by Thomas A. Edison and published by Edison Manufacturing Company which made over 1,000 of such films in that era.
The actual film reel can be seen at the Library of Congress.