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Knievel, Robert Craig (Evel)

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Born: 1938 AD
Died: 2007 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Stunt Performer

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1938 - Born on the 17th of October in Butte, Montana. He is a motorcycle daredevil who has been a household name. 1968 - His usual approach was to choose an improbably difficult obstacle, such as the fountains at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. 1970 - Evel Knievel brought the spirit of P.T. Barnum to daredevil motorcycle jumps. 1974 - He arranged his most famous stunt, an attempted jump over Idaho's Snake River Canyon in a rocket-powered motorcycle.        - The attempt failed when the craft's parachute opened prematurely, but Knievel survived. 1975 - Jumped a row of 13 double-decker buses at London's Wembley Stadium. 1981 - He retired as professional. 1998 - He announced that he needed a liver transplant, due to hepatitis C that he had contracted through a blood transfusion. 1999 - On a special platform built on the fountains at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip near Las Vegas, Nevada (site of Evel’s jump New Year's Eve), Evel married long time girlfriend, 30-year-old Krystal Kennedy of Clearwater, Florida. 2006 - On The Adam Carolla Show, Knievel said that he has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and requires supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day.        - At Evel Knievel Days in Butte, Robbie jumped 180 feet in a tribute to his father. Robbie also appeared on stage with his father, Evel.        - Knievel sued rapper Kanye West for trademark infringement in West's video for Touch the Sky. 2007 - In April, Knievel announced to a worldwide audience that he "believed in Jesus Christ" for the first time.

2007 Nov. 30 - Daredevil Evel Knievel, who dodged death in spectacular motorcycle leaps and crashes in a life full of showmanship, died at age 69

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