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Almanac: The primary flying trapeze act

And now a web page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: November 12, 1859, 158 years in the past at this time … a day for defying gravity.

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For that was the day Jules Leotard carried out the world’s first flying trapeze act in Paris.

His aerial acrobatics astonished audiences, whereas his costume, created by his spouse, got here to be referred to as, sure, the leotard.

As if that weren’t sufficient, Jules Leotard additionally impressed the favored lyric “The Daring Younger Man On The Flying Trapeze.”

Many a daring younger man (and lady) adopted Leotard’s lead through the years, together with former circus performer Burt Lancaster, who starred within the 1956 film “Trapeze,” with co-stars Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida.

And with correct instruction, virtually anybody can strive the trapeze, as CBS’s Hattie Kauffman proved on the San Francisco Circus Middle again in 1996.

One phrase of warning: Even when you determine there is a trapeze in your future, you would possibly need to suppose twice about carrying that leotard.

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