4. Defenestration

Defenestration – the act of throwing somebody or something out of a window. But more of an act of political dissent most notably the Defenestrations of Prague in 1419 and 1618.

There is an urban legend that during the 1929 stock market crash in the US many Wall Street Investors autodefenestrated themselves. This may not have been a political act: but an escape.

Garry Hoy was trying to demonstrate the strength of the window glass, so accidentally threw himself out of a window to his death. The law firm couldn’t get over his death and closed. 

The Terror Attacks on the Twin Tower World Trade Centre , and Abraham Lincoln who in 1840 jumped out of a window as a political gesture to prevent the closing of the Illinois State Bank – another two examples of Defrenestration.

 

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