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10 April: On this day in 1877… The first human cannonball act in the world was performed in London

On this day in… 1877 The first human cannonball act in the world was performed in London. There has got to be a first for everything – and that includes human cannonballs! The first ever recorded human cannonball took place at the Royal Aquarium in London on 10 April 1877. A 14 year old called Rossa Matilda Richter (with a stage name of Zazel) was shot out of a cannon at the enormous venue in Westminster. It did her career no end of good because she went on to tour with Barnum’s circus. The spring-style cannon (as opposed to a …

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