Edmund Hillary, One Of The First Known To Conquer Mount Everest, Was Born This Day 98-Years Ago; July 20, 1919.
As a Mount Everest buff of long standing, with quite a decent library of historic books on the ‘Mount’, Sir Edmund Hillary has been a personal hero as far as I can remember — he and Tenzing Norgay (another hero) having conquered Everest just over 3 months ahead of my birth. Plus, Hillary, as a New Zealander, was a member of our glorious British Commonwealth and was listening to ‘Radio Ceylon‘ on top of Everest the night before they made it to the top.
I know enough of the lore to appreciate that we still have a BIG question mark as to whether George Mallory and/or Andrew Irvine managed to make it to the top in 1924 — before perishing on the mountain. And I also will not try to decide whether it was Hillary or Tenzing that reached the top first.