American stuntman Evel Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, achieved his personal best in distance after jumping 133 feet over 14 Greyhound buses on this day in 1975 at Kings Island, near Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Throughout his career as a daredevil, Evel 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.
Evel came out of retirement to make the Kings Island jump, which was broadcast by ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” The jump handed him the world record for jumping the most buses on a Harley Davidson, which he held until Bubba Blackwell beat it in 1999. It should be noted that his famous Caesar’s Palace jump was longer in distance, but it ended in a crash, so it could not be counted as his longest jump. Following the Kings Island jump Evel announced his retirement (again).
His second retirement did not last long either, but his future jumps were much more subtle compared to previous feats. 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. Evel passed away in 2007 due to pulmonary complications.
Cover: Evel Knievel jump at Kings Island. Via Cincinnati Enquirer.