Hugo Zacchini, widely credited as being the first human cannonball, took his act to the highest court of the land. Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting is the first and only case decided by the United States Supreme Court that deals with the right of publicity.
The story begins with Hugo’s father, Ildebrando Zacchini. Ildebrando had a circus (the Zacchini Family Circus) that toured the world. Lidebrand also invented a compressed air cannon that could be used to launch humans. Hugo and his father originated the human cannonball…read more >