Edmund Hillary

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary

Profession: Mountaineer and Explorer

New Zealand
New Zealand

Why Famous: Edmund Hillary with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return safely. An act for which he was later knighted.

Born: July 20, 1919
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: January 11, 2008 (aged 88)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1953-09-03 Explorer Edmund Hillary (34) weds Louise Mary Rose
  • 1989-12-21 Explorer Edmund Hillary (70) weds June Mulgrew

Events in the Life of Edmund Hillary

  • 1953-05-29 Edmund Hillary (NZ) and Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) are first to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of a British Expedition
  • 1958-01-03 Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland
  • 1958-01-04 Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole

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