Profession: Mountaineer and Explorer
Why Famous: 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.
- 1953-09-03 Explorer Edmund Hillary (34) weds Louise Mary Rose
- 1989-12-21 Explorer Edmund Hillary (70) weds June Mulgrew
- 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
- "Well, George, we knocked the bastard off" - Everest