On This Day…

May 27, 1995

Actor Christopher Reeve, known for playing Superman, is paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from a horse. He had been scheduled to pose for an equestrian safety poster.
The horse he was riding refused a jump, making a sudden stop as it approached the jump. Reeve fell forward and landed on his head shattering his first and second vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed him from the neck down. He had to have surgery to reattach his skull to his spine.
Reeve continued to act and direct, but died in 2004 after he went into cardiac arrest after receiving an antibiotic for pressure sores.