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On This Day in 1953: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Become the First Climbers to Reach the Top of Mount Everest
They were the first ever to reach its 29,029-foot peak, and met instant fame upon their return: today, their ascent is considered a great achievement of the 20th century. Listen to Hillary describe the experience in an audio clip at Smithsonian.com.
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My namesake…pretty cool
On this day in 1953: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest.
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