Daredevil replicates Evel Knievel’s jumps
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daredevil Travis Pastrana has successfully replicated three of Evel Knievel’s motorcycle jumps.
Appearing Sunday night in Las Vegas on the History Channel’s “Evel Live ,” Pastrana cleared 52 crushed cars in a 143-foot jump and 16 Greyhound buses in a 192-foot jump. He concluded the event by sailing 149 feet over the fountains at Caesars Palace.
Pastrana, who wore a jumpsuit similar to what Knievel wore, said the fountain jump was the hardest. He said it was “an honor to live a day in Evel’s boots.”
Knievel crashed just before the landing ramp during his attempt in 1967, crushing his pelvis and fracturing several bones. He died in 2007 at the age of 69.
Bruce Springsteen’s childhood home sold
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A childhood home in New Jersey where Bruce Springsteen lived for seven years has been sold for $255,000.
The Asbury Park Press reports the two-family home at 39 Institute Street in Freehold was listed for $269,900 in November.
The Springsteens lived on the left side of the house from 1955 to 1962.
Springsteen wrote in his autobiography that he recalled being 7 years old in that house when he saw Elvis Presley appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1956.
Beyonce, Jay-Z to headline Africa fest
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in honor of Nelson Mandela in South Africa late this year.
The Dec. 2 concert in Johannesburg is part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, organizers announced Monday.
Others headlining the festival include Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pharrell Williams and African artists including Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and Femi Kuti.
Oprah Winfrey will give a keynote address on the legacy of Mandela, who died in 2013, said the organizers. Other hosts will include Naomi Campbell and actors Forest Whitaker and Tyler Perry.
The Global Citizen movement has a goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, and its Mandela 100 campaign hopes to bring in $1 billion in new pledges for the world’s poorest people.
Third child Prince Louis to be christened
LONDON (AP) — Prince William and his wife Catherine’s third child Prince Louis will be christened and he will have six godparents.
Louis will be christened Monday afternoon at The Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace.
Guests will include Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
Palace officials say Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip won’t attend.