April 4, 1939: Dorothy Herbert — a Kentucky-native “reared in the knowledge and the love of horseflesh” and a granddaughter of a woman who married a man “for his horse” — rehearsed a feat she would soon perform at Madison Square Garden. “In her magnum opus, the grand equestrian finale of the show,” reported The Times, “she rides a black stallion named Satan over the six-foot bar, wearing a blindfold, her body thrown backward along the horse’s plunging withers, one small sandaled foot raised in the air.” The report continued: “She and Satan only begin to extend themselves in their second number, when they circumnavigate the arena with Miss Herbert at fixed intervals throwing herself recklessly backward as Satan rears almost perpendicularly in the air.” “Kindergarten stuff,” she said. Photo: The New York Times