WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24: BARREL OVER NIAGARA FALLS
Profile America — Sunday, October 24th. On this date in 1901, the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive took the plunge. Certainly not the stereotypical daredevil, Annie Edson Taylor was a 63-year-old former school teacher who was down on her luck. In a custom-made barrel padded inside with a mattress, she went over the Horseshoe Falls, a drop of 167 feet. Taylor escaped with bumps and bruises and a minor head wound. Over the years, 16 people have gone over the falls in the name of adventure. Eleven survived and two men actually took the plunge twice. Water also claims many lives of those who are not daredevils. Each year, almost 3,600 Americans drown in swimming and boating accidents. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 532
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 115
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau