Jean Francois Gravelet, aka Charles Blondin, stepped out over Niagara Falls for the first tightrope walk over the famous waterfall. He did it on a three-inch rope stretched 1,166 feet!
…because he’s one of the best tight-rope-walkers the world has ever seen, that’s why! After his first trip across Niagara Falls, he actually went across several more times! Instead of the boring “hey, let’s just walk across” – he did it: blindfolded, in a sack, on stilts, pushing a wheelbarrow, carrying a person on his back, sitting down midway while he cooked and ate an omelet (WTH?!), and standing on a chair with only one chair leg on the rope!
Ok, nevermind. Once again…WHY???
President Eisenhower signed a law officially making the nation’s motto In God We Trust! The law made it the official motto of The United States, and it also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American currency.
Another big reason they passed this in 1956, was because that was a tense time in this country during the Cold War. The United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare Bill into law
Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared! He was trying to recapture control of the union he once headed.
He was last seen getting into an automobile that pulled up outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The car drove away and he was never seen again.
Not sure of what happened to Hoffa, but his story made a great movie:
By the way,
A Michigan judge declared Jimmy Hoffa officially dead.
and then lastly…
1987 World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost was killed by a bull named Taking Care Of Business, at The Daddy Of ‘Em All, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Lane dismounted after a successful 91-point ride, and was hit in the ribs by the bull’s horn. A broken rib pierced his heart. He was 25.
When I was a kid, my parents took me to Cheyenne. They bought me a video about the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, and on the end of that video was a tribute to Lane. The tribute was by The George Michael Sports Machine. I LOVE this tribute, it’s the best one made about Lane in my opinion. Here it is:
He also had the best quote about Lane as well:
“A champion in the arena, a champion in life – that was Lane Frost” – George Michael
Over time, a lot more tributes to Lane have shown up
There was, of course, the movie 8 Seconds:
and, as of late, Aaron Watson wrote July In Cheyenne for Lane
Rest In Piece to one of the greatest bull riders to ever live!