1824, Feb 281897, Feb 22
a French tightrope walker and acrobat. At the age of five he was sent to the École de Gymnase at Lyon and, after six months training as an acrobat, made his first public appearance as "The boy Wonder". His superior skill and grace, as well as the originality of the settings of his acts, made him a popular favourite. He first married Marie Blancherie, and at the same time legitimised their son Aime Leopold. It is not known what happened to his French family after he went to America.
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06/30/1859-Charles Blondin is first to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope
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