Sydney: Daredevil Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope for 1800 feet (548 metres) across the Niagara Falls.
The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, which was never before attempted.
Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896.
An estimated crowd of 125,000 people on the Canadian side and 4000 on the American side watched Wallenda’s stunt on Friday night, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
ABC televised the walk and insisted Wallenda use a tether to keep him from falling in the river.
Wallenda said he agreed because he wasn’t willing to lose the chance and needed ABC’s sponsorship to help offset some of the USD 1.3 million cost of the spectacle.