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March 17, 1948 – Hells Angels MC is founded
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March 17, 1948 – Hells Angels MC is founded

The Bishop family formed the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Fontana, California on this day in 1948. Composed of members from a number of other local clubs, the Angels' name is supposedly inspired by WWII fighter pilots. Another source of inspiration could be Howard Hughes’ 1930 film “Hell’s Angels” about WWI fighter pilots. Internal club messaging states the name came from Arvid Olson, an associate of the club founders. During WWII he was a Squadron Leader of the 3rd Pursuit Squadron “Hells Angels” American Volunteer Group. Olson himself never became a member of the club. A Hells Angels clubhouse in New York City. By Beyond My Ken - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Early knowledge of the Hells Angels is somewhat unclear, but some of the first chapters began in San Francisco, Fontana and Oa...
November 10, 1885 – The first motorcycle ride
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November 10, 1885 – The first motorcycle ride

On this day in 1885 the first test ride of what is often considered the first modern motorcycle, the Daimler Reitwagen (“riding car”), occurred. At the controls was 17-year-old Paul Daimler, son of the bike’s inventor, Gottlieb Daimler. This journey effectively made Paul the world’s first biker.  Gottlieb and Wilhelm Maybach designed the motorcycle, the first example powered by a gasoline internal combustion engine. Multiple motorcycles built before this utilized steam power. This included the Perreaux and Roper, dating as early as 1867, and the 1884 Copeland. The other significance of the Daimler Reitwagen is that this was the forerunner of all vehicles, land, sea or air, to use an engine of this type, however, it was not the first. More on that in a minute. Above: Daimler Reitwage...
December 9 1920 – Italian moto champion Bruno Ruffo is born
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December 9 1920 – Italian moto champion Bruno Ruffo is born

Italian motorcycle racer Bruno Ruffo was born on this day in 1920. In 1949 he would win the innaugural 250cc World Championship while riding for Moto Guzzi. The next year he would take third in the class, but he claimed the factory asked him to let his teammate win. The same year, atop a Mondial, he won the 125cc World Championship. In 1951, again riding for Moto Guzzi, he reclaimed the 250cc championship. The three championships were enough for Ruffo, who retired following an accident in 1952.
October 25, 1975 – Evel Knievel’s longest jump
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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...