Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Today in motorcycle history, March 3, 1972



  The "Performers Curse" at the Cow Palace begins as America's favorite daredevil, Evel Knievel, breaks his back after what appears to be clean jump of fifteen cars.

  At the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, after making a successful jump, Evel Knievel is forced into coming to a quick stop due to the short landing area. Knievel suffers a broken back and a Grade Two concussion after getting thrown off of and then run over by his Harley-Davidson XR-750 motorcycle.

  During a show by The Who on November 20, 1973, Keith Moon is rushed to the hospital after an alleged overdose of horse tranquilizers, (Moon was replaced on drums by audience member Scott Halpin).

  On New Years Eve, 1978-early morning New Years Day, 1979, after a vicious fight The Runaways performed their last concert ever before their break up in April.

  In February 1979, Neil Diamond fell on the Cow Palace stage and couldn't get himself up. Less than two days later, he underwent 14 hours of touch-and-go surgery to remove a nonmalignant tumor located dangerously close to his spine.

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