On this day: October 17

Published: Oct 15 2012 05:58:21 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion, "Jailhouse Rock" premieres, the New York World's Fair comes to an end, OPEC begins its oil embargo, and a deadly earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area, all on this day.

OTD October 17 - Evel Knievel
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1938: Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, one of the greatest American icons of the 1970s, is born under the birth name Robert Craig Knievel in Butte, Mont. In his career he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and, in 1974, a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. The 35 broken bones he suffered during his career earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime." He died of pulmonary disease at age 69 on Nov. 30, 2007.

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