On #ThisDayinHistory 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa, become the f irst explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest poi nt on earth: News of their achievement broke around the world on June 2, the day of Queen Elizabeth II ’s coronation, and Britons hailed it as a good omen for their country’s future #AceHistoryDe sk reports

#AceHistoryNews – May.29: Mount Everest sits on the crest of the Great Himalayas in Asia, lying on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Called Chomo-Lungma, or “Mother Goddess of the Land,” by the Tibetans, the English named the mountain after Sir George Everest, a 19th-century British surveyor of South Asia.

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8638: The first recorded attempt to climb Everest was made in 1921 by a British expedition that trekked 400 difficult miles across the Tibetan plateau to the foot of the great mountain: A raging storm forced them to abort their ascent, but the mountaineers, among them George Leigh Mallory, had seen what appeared to be a feasible route up the peak…………………It was Mallory who quipped when later asked by a journalist why he wanted to climb Everest, “Because it’s there.” Since Hillary and Norgay’s historic climb, numerous expeditions have made their way up to Everest’s summit……………………….In 1960, a Chinese expedition was the first to conquer the mountain from the Tibetan side, and in 1963 James Whittaker became the first American to top Everest: In 1975, Tabei Junko of Japan became the first woman to reach the summit………………Three years later, Reinhold Messner of Italy and Peter Habeler of Austria achieved what had been previously thought impossible: climbing to the Everest summit without oxygen. #MtEverest #TensingNorgay #EdmundHillary #history #Mountains #Tibet #Nepal #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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