Date: December 31, 1967 Location: Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV Successful Jump: No Injuries Sustained: Crushed pelvis, broken femur, fractured hip, wrist, and ankles, and a concussion that left him in a coma for almost a month
Evel Knievel put a lot of time, work, and effort into making this jump happen. He talked the CEO of Caesars Palace into allowing him to jump by calling him repeatedly and pretending to be a Sports Illustrated writer interested in covering the event. He also agreed to pay for the jump to be filmed with the hopes of it airing on ABC's Wide World of Sports at a later date. And, he basically made himself uninsurable by attempting such a crazy stunt. But, it paid off. Although the dangerous jump was a colossal fail and almost killed him, it also turned him into a legend overnight and gave him the opportunity to put on shows for a hefty profit for the next decade.