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Today in history: Everest summitted for the first time

On May 26, 1955, a couple of mountain climbers made history by becoming the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Those climbers were Edmund Hillary (who passed away earlier this year) and a Sherpa guide Tenzing Norkay.


Numerous attempts had been made to reach the summit, starting as early as the spring of 1922. Other attempts were made over the next thirty odd years, but all proved unsuccessful until 1955.

Since the scaling of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norkay, over 2000 people have climbed to the mountain's peak. Of those more than 2000 climbers, nearly 200 have died in the attempt.


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