March 24

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Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was born as Erik Weisz, a Hungarian Jew. He was an illusionist and stunt performer most noted for his amazing escape acts. He became popular in the vaudeville entertainment circuit and toured Europe, escaping from police as he challenged them to lock him up. He could hold his breath for an exceptionally long time, making escapes from underwater and was even buried alive. He died of peritonitis following a ruptured appendix, an expected outcome in the days before antibiotics.

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