Profession: Magician & Escape Artist
Why Famous: Although born in Europe, Houdini emigrated to America with his family aged 2 years. As a magician Houdini started out by performing card tricks before moving on to escape acts. he began first to escape from handcuffs, challenging local police to cuff him first.He moved on to an act escaping from a locked water filled milk can, straitjackets and then most famously a Chinese water torture cell where Houdini had to hold his breath for 3 minutes. He became the most famous vaudeville act in America, often filming his escapes. He died in 1926 of peritonitis and a ruptured appendix.
1894-06-22 - Harry Houdini marries Bessie Rahner
Historical Events in the Life of Harry Houdini
1903-01-12 - Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam
1903-01-21 - Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam
1907-08-26 - Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec
1923-06-12 - Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet (12 m) above ground in NYC
1926-08-05 - Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping
1926-10-22 - J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal.
1926-10-24 - Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.