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Edmund Hillary

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary

Profession: Mountaineer and Explorer

New Zealand
New Zealand

Biography: Edmund Hillary with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were 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

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Cancer

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

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Married Life

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

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1958-01-04 NZ team led by Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole, the 1st to reach the Pole overland using motor vehicles and the 1st since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912

Quotes by Edmund Hillary

  • "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off" - Everest

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