D. B. Cooper

1931 - 1971

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D. B. Cooper is a media epithet used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in United States airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on the afternoon of November 24, 1971. He extorted $200,000 in ransom (equivalent to $1,278,000 in 2020) and parachuted to an uncertain fate over southwestern Washington. The man purchased his airline ticket using the alias Dan Cooper but, because of a news miscommunication, became known in popular lore as D. B. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of D. B. Cooper has received more than 12,176,729 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). D. B. Cooper is the 9th most popular pirate (up from 13th in 2019), the 490th most popular biography from United States (up from 774th in 2019) and the most popular American Pirate.

D.B. Cooper is most famous for being the only person to ever successfully jump out of a plane with a parachute and never be found.

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  • 74.58

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 41

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.09

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.92

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among pirates, D. B. Cooper ranks 9 out of 25Before him are Henry Morgan, Eric of Pomerania, Alexander Selkirk, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, and Mary Read. After him are Bartholomew Roberts, William Kidd, Henry Every, Sextus Pompey, Benjamin Hornigold, and François l'Olonnais.

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Among people born in 1931, D. B. Cooper ranks 24Before him are Mário Zagallo, Raymond Kopa, Lucia Bosè, Thomas Bernhard, Leonard Nimoy, and Josef Masopust. After him are Jim Jones, Guy Debord, Desmond Tutu, João Gilberto, Roger Penrose, and John le Carré. Among people deceased in 1971, D. B. Cooper ranks 14Before him are Audie Murphy, Lawrence Bragg, Fernandel, François Duvalier, Arne Jacobsen, and Wilhelm List. After him are Harold Lloyd, Igor Tamm, Gotthard Heinrici, Giorgos Seferis, Lin Biao, and Rudolf Abel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, D. B. Cooper ranks 490 out of 15,968Before him are Jeffrey Epstein (1953), Joseph Barbera (1911), Cliff Burton (1962), Jared Leto (1971), Robert Zemeckis (1952), and Steve Wozniak (1950). After him are Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), Nat King Cole (1919), Viggo Mortensen (1958), Sidney Sheldon (1917), and Harold Lloyd (1893).

Among PIRATES In United States

Among pirates born in United States, D. B. Cooper ranks 1After him are Thomas Tew (1649).