This Day In History: Jack Ruby Kills Lee Harvey Oswald, ‘D.B. Cooper’ Hijacks, Robs Plane

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ABOVE VIDEO: Jack Ruby shoots and kills Lee Harvey Oswald in front of news cameras. From “The Assassination of President Kennedy.” (CNN Video)

Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald: Nov. 24, 1963: At 12:20 p.m., in the basement of the Dallas police station, Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.

Ruby claimed he was just a regular man who gave Oswald the justice he deserved, but conspiracy theorists believe Ruby was motivated by shadow organizations attempting to silence Oswald and cover-up the investigation.

Cooper Hijacks Plane On Nov. 24 , 1971: A thief who used the alias “D.B. Cooper” hijacked a commercial airplane, demanded everyone to hand over their cash, then parachuted out of the jet.

According to witness on the Northwest Orient Airlines flight, Cooper commandeered the aircraft shortly after takeoff, showing a flight attendant something that looked like a bomb and informing the crew that he wanted $200,000, four parachutes, and “no funny stuff.”

According to officials, the plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where authorities met Cooper’s demands and evacuated most of the passengers.

Cooper then demanded that the plane fly toward Mexico at a low altitude and ordered the remaining crew into the cockpit. Below is an account excerpt from History.com

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“At 8:13 p.m., as the plane flew over the Lewis River in southwest Washington, the plane’s pressure gauge recorded Cooper’s jump from the aircraft. Wearing only wraparound sunglasses, a thin suit, and a raincoat, Cooper parachuted into a thunderstorm with winds in excess of 100 mph and temperatures well below zero at the 10,000-foot altitude where he began his fall. The storm prevented an immediate capture, and most authorities assumed he was killed during his apparently suicidal jump. No trace of Cooper was found during a massive search.”

In 1980, an eight-year-old boy uncovered a stack of nearly $5,880 of the ransom money in the sands along the north bank of the Columbia River, five miles from Vancouver, Washington.

The fate of Cooper remains a mystery.

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AT LEFT: Jack Ruby shoots and kills Lee Harvey Oswald in front of news cameras. AT RIGHT: A composite of “D.B. Cooper.”


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