Today in Celebrity Conception

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On this day in 1938, daredevil, insurance salesman, and minor-league hockey player Evel Knievel was conceived in Butte, Montana. It all started when his father, Robert, told his mother, Ann, that he’d like to "jump the snake river canyon," which he did, crushing his pelvis and femur; fracturing his hip, wrist and both ankles; sustaining a concussion that left in him a coma for a month; and giving life to the greatest popularizer of red, white, and blue since Betsy Ross.

Also conceived today: diet doctor Robert Atkins (1930), One Wolf Michael McKean (1947), Superman paramour Margot Kidder (1948), barstool warmer and gifted comedic actor George Wendt (1948)