Today in History
August 07, 1974
A quarter mile above the streets of New York, 24-year-old street performer Philippe Petit walks an inch-wide tightrope connecting the 130-foot void between the World Trade Center's north and south towers. Petit, who had hidden his equipment in one tower the day before and strung up the tightrope with the aid of a bow and arrow, dances on the wire for forty-five minutes, using only a balancing pole for assistance. Watched by thousands of awestruck people on the ground, the stunt makes front-page news around the world.
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