Early one August morning in 1974, the fearless Philippe Petit ventured into the air a quarter mile above the streets of Manhattan, stepping onto a steel cable secured between the two World Trade Center towers. Not only was this stunt rather dangerous (clearly), it was also 100% illegal. He made the 130-foot journey between the towers eight times before police eventually coaxed him down. The 24-year-old, who began his career as a Paris street juggler, received so much public attention and positive feedback that all formal charges against him were dropped. There was one catch, though — in exchange for the clearing of his record, he had to perform his tightrope act for children in Central Park.
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