October 25, 1975 – Evel Knievel’s longest jump

American stuntman Evel Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, achieved his personal best in distance after jumping 14 Greyhound buses on this day in 1975 at Kings Island, near Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Throughout his career as a daredevil Knievel attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp jumps and suffered at least 433 bone fractures, earning him a Guinness World Record for most bones broken in a lifetime. The Kings Island jump was broadcast by ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” allowing people all over the country to witness what would be Knievel’s longest successful jump. The jump led to him holding the record for jumping the most buses on a Harley Davidson, a record he held until Bubba Blackwell beat it in 1999. His famous Caesar’s Palace jump was longer, but ended in a crash. Following the Kings Island jump Knievel announced his retirement (again). His retirement did not last long but his future jumps were much more attainable. On October 31, 1976 he jumped 7 buses in Seattle at the Kingdome. While the crowd was pleased he felt this was not as thrilling as other jumps and issued an apology to the crowd. His last tour appearance would occur in March 1981 as a speaker at an event put on by his son Robbie, who was following in his father’s footsteps. Evel passed away in 2007 due to pulmonary complications. Video: Evel’s Kings Island jump.

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