German inventor Franz Reichelt was so confident in his 1912 parachute jacket that he jumped off the Eiffel Tower to test it out. His hubris was unfortunately unfounded & he fell to this death in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers.
British comedian and actor Rik Mayall (left) has died aged 56. He played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones with his friend Adrian Edmondson (right). The pair later starred in the sitcom Bottom.