On this date in 1926, magician Harry Houdini died as a result of a ruptured appendix in a Detroit hospital. Twelve days before, Houdini had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows to a group of students in Montreal, when one of them punched him twice in the stomach, before he had time to prepare.

The most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, called Appleton, Wisconsin home, after he and his family immigrated there from Budapest.

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