Norwegians Discover the South Pole

December 14, 1911

Norwegian Ronald Amundsen and his team of five are the first humans to reach the Geographic South Pole¬†on December 14, 1911. They are five weeks ahead of their British rivals, led by Robert Falcon Scott, who perish on the return journey.¬†Despite Amundsen’s clear victory, the story of Scott’s team’s heroic tragedy will eventually eclipse the Norwegian achievement.

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