Evel Knievel

Born Oct 17, 1938
Hometown Butte-Silver Bow,...
Died Nov 30, 2007
Death Place Clearwater
Nationality American
Other Names Knievel, Evel

Evel Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, was an American daredevil and entertainer. In his career he attempted over 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and in 1974, a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. The 433 broken bones he suffered during his career earned an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime. " Knievel died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, aged 69.… Read More

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    Falling On My Face
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Evel Knievel.


1938 Birth Born in Butte, Montana in 1938, Bobby Knievel was the first of two children born to Robert E. and Ann Marie Keough Knievel. His surname is of German origin; his great-great-grandparents on his father's side emigrated to the United States from Germany. Robert and Ann divorced in 1940, after the birth of their second child, Nicolas, known as Nic. … Read More


1956 17 Years Old After a police chase in 1956 in which he crashed his motorcycle, Knievel was taken to jail on a charge of reckless driving. … Read More


1959 20 Years Old Always looking for new thrills and challenges, Knievel participated in local professional rodeos and ski jumping events, including winning the Northern Rocky Mountain Ski Association Class A Men's ski jumping championship in 1959. … Read More
1960 21 Years Old Shortly after getting married, Knievel started the Butte Bombers, a semi-pro hockey team.p. 21 To help promote his team and earn some money, he convinced the 1960 Olympic Czechoslovakian hockey team to play the Butte Bombers in a warm-up game to the Olympics. … Read More
1961 22 Years Old In response Knievel, who was learning about the culling of elk in Yellowstone, decided to hitchhike from Butte to Washington, D.C. in December 1961 to raise awareness and to have the elk relocated to areas where hunting was permitted. … Read More
1962 23 Years Old After returning home from Washington, Knievel decided to stop committing crimes. He joined the motocross circuit and had moderate success, but he still couldn't make enough money to support his family. During 1962, Knievel broke his collarbone and shoulder in a motocross accident. … Read More
1966 27 Years Old The debut of Knievel and his daredevils was on January 3, 1966, at the National Date Festival in Indio, California. … Read More
With each successful jump, the public wanted him to jump one more car. On May 30, 1967, Knievel successfully cleared sixteen cars in Gardena, California.
…  On May 25, 1968, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Knievel crashed while attempting to jump fifteen Ford Mustangs. … Read More


Knievel switched his attention in 1971 to the Snake River Canyon in southern Idaho.
1972 33 Years Old Between 1972 and 1977, Ideal Toy Company released a series of Evel Knievel-related merchandise. … Read More
1973 34 Years Old In 1973, Ideal released the Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle. … Read More
In 1977, Bally marketed its Knievel pinball machine as the "first fully electronic commercial game"; it has elsewhere been described as one of the "last of the classic pre-digital games." (Both electromechanical and solid state versions were produced. … Read More


1981 42 Years Old In 1981, Saltman was awarded a $13 million judgment against Knievel in a civil trial, but never received money from Knievel or Knievel's estate. … Read More


1999 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, Knievel married his girlfriend, Krystal Kennedy of Clearwater, Florida, whom he began dating in 1992. The marriage was held on November 19, 1999, on a special platform built on the fountains at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip (site of Evel's jump New Year's Eve 1967). Long-time friend Engelbert Humperdinck sent a recorded tribute to the couple. The couple was married for two years, divorcing in 2001.
2005 66 Years Old On October 9, 2005, Knievel promoted his last public "motorcycle ride" at the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson dealership. … Read More
2006 67 Years Old On July 27, 2006, on The Adam Carolla Show, Knievel said that he had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and required supplemental oxygen therapy 24 hours a day. … Read More
On April 1, 2007, Knievel appeared on Robert H. Schuller's television program Hour of Power and announced that he "believed in Jesus Christ" for the first time. … Read More
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