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07/08/1974 Petit walk across twin towers of the WTC

Philippe Petit performed for 45 minutes, making eight passes along the wire, during which he walked, danced, lay down on the wire, and knelt to salute watchers. Crowds gathered on the streets below, and he said later he could hear their murmuring and cheers. Petit got off when it started to rain.


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