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The daredevil Evel Knievel was born on October 17th, 1938 in Butte, Montana. He first developed a passion for stunting and adrenaline-rush activities when he was eight years old at an auto daredevil show. Five years later, he started stunting with his first motorcycle and soon after became a competitive ski jumper and minor league hockey player. He ran into trouble with the law since his young years with petty crimes and a kidnapping situation. During the 1960’s, Evel Knievel began a traveling show that was called Evel Knievel’s Motorcycle Daredevils, which showcased Knievel and others amongst rattlesnakes, firewalls, and other exciting stunts. As a solo act, Knievel was a star whose jumps were incredible and unbelievable. One of his greatest achievements came in 1967 in Las Vegas when he jumped across the fountains at Caesars Palace, jumping over 150 feet. In Seattle three years later, he jumped thirteen cars and the following year in California he flew over 19 cars. He even tried to jump the Grand Canyon, but he and his attorney were denied permission to jump the Canyon. In 1974 he tried to jump the Snake River Canyon, but a prematurely-developed parachute caused him to drift backwards towards the water’s edge. The next year in London he cleared 13 double-decker buses, although suffering injuries that had him saying he would never jump again; however, Knievel couldn’t repress the adrenaline-seeking voice within him and five months later, in Ohio, he jumped 14 Greyhound buses.
He announced retirement in 1975 but ultimately didn’t retire until 1980. In 1978 he went to jail for beating the author of his biography Sheldon Saltman with a baseball bat because he didn’t like the book. He was arrested for beating a woman and was pinned under a motorcycle too. On November 20, 2007, Evel Knievel, unfortunately, passed away, but the daredevil’s stunts will forever be remembered.
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