Annie Edson Taylor
In a world where women have had to prove their talent and skill, Annie Edson Taylor certainly made quite the impression. In 1901 63-year-old Annie became the first person to successfully go over Niagara Falls.
A schoolteacher by trade, Taylor had found herself in a load of financial troubles. As a means to get herself out of debt Taylor conceived the stunt in the hope that it would gain her fame and fortune.
In her spare time, Taylor would blueprint many different methods to complete the stunt. Ultimately, she designed a barrel filled with padding, and after testing it with an ordinary house cat, went over the Horseshoe Falls section of Niagara herself on October 24, 1901.
To everyone’s surprise Annie survived the 173-foot plunge with no more than a small gash on her head. Unfortunately, she was not able to attain the fame and success she had hoped for. However, she is remembered today for her daring stunt and is definitely badass.