Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross part of the Grand Canyon on a tightrope in June 23, live on the Discovery Channel. | DCL

Daredevils Through History

Daredevils don't perform stunts simply for the attention of the crowd; they do it to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Published On 06/22/2013
7:00 AM EDT
Even monks can be adrenaline junkies. | Getty Images
Louis-Sébastien Lenormand's parachute was only suited for short falls, rather than high-altitude jumps. | Corbis Images
Otto Lilienthal has been called the father of flight. | Getty Images
Donald Campbell's eighth attempt to break the water speed record ended in his death. | Corbis Images
Philippe Petit has walked between the towers at Notre Dame de Paris on a tightrope, as well as between two pylons on Sydney Harbor Bridge. | Corbis Images
Evel Knievel soars over the fountain at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. | Corbis Images
Alain Robert can attract a crowd when performing a climb. | Corbis Images
Yves Rossy soars in his custom-designed wingsuit. | Yves Rossy
Felix Baumgartner stands on the edge of his record-breaking skydive. | Photo via redbull on YouTube