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Profile of the Day: Sir Edmund Hillary

Who are the adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1919, explorer and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand.

Image: Sir Edmund Hillary / Wikimedia Commons

Before gaining fame as a mountaineer, Hillary worked as a beekeeper like his father before him. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II, but was badly burned during a boat accident.

After the war, he decided to pursue his love of mountain climbing and was determined to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. On May 29, 1953, Hillary, along with his guide, Tenzing Norgay, became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Hillary’s achievement made international headlines and upon his return, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

How are you related to Sir Edmund Hillary? Explore his family tree on Geni and discover your connection to the mountaineer.

View Sir Edmund Hillary’s Geni Profile

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