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Profile of the Day: Edmund Hillary

On this day in 1953, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Image: The Windsor Daily Star, July 3, 1953 / MyHeritage SuperSearch

The duo reached the summit at 11:30am and spent 15 minutes atop the highest point on Earth. Hillary and Tenzing were a part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Upon their return, Hunt and Hillary were knighted for their accomplishment, while Tenzing was awarded the George Medal. Their conquest of Mount Everest made international headlines and continues to inspire many people today.

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