D. B. Cooper is the name commonly used to refer to a hijacker who, on
November 24 1971, after receiving a ransom payout of US$200,000,
jumped from the back of a Boeing 727 as it was flying over the Pacific
Northwest of the United States possibly over Woodland, Washington.
Despite hundreds of suspects through the years, no conclusive evidence
has surfaced regarding Cooper's identity or whereabouts. The FBI
believes he did not survive the jump. Several theories offer competing
explanations of what happened after his famed jump. The nature of
Cooper's escape and the uncertainty of his fate continue to intrigue
people. The Cooper case remains an unsolved mystery. It has baffled
both government and private investigators for decades, with countless
leads turning into dead ends. In March 2008, the FBI thought it might
have had one of the biggest breakthroughs in the case when children
unearthed a parachute within the bounds of Cooper's probable jump site
near the town of Amboy, Washington. Experts later revealed that it did
not belong to the hijacker. Still, despite the case's infamy for its
enduring lack of evidence, a few significant clues have arisen.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Hundred Years' War: Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen,
France after being convicted of heresy in a politically motivated
Henry VIII of England married Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to his
first two queens consort.
The Treaty of London was signed to deal with territorial adjustments
arising out of the conclusion of the First Balkan War, declaring,
among other things, an independent Albania.
Members of the Japanese Red Army carried out the Lod Airport
massacre in Tel Aviv, Israel on behalf of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, killing over 20 people and injuring almost 80
Goddess of Democracy, a ten meter (33 ft) high statue made mostly of
polystyrene foam and papier-mâché, was erected by student protestors
in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
obsequious: Fawning or subservient.
Wikiquote of the day:
By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is
-- Mikhail Bakunin