Edmund Hillary hospitalized in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, April 24 (UPI) -- Edmund Hillary, who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return, was hospitalized Tuesday in New Zealand.

Climbing pioneer wants Everest memorial

LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The first man to ever climb Mount Everest has called for a pair of iconic huts in the Antarctic to be maintained by the British government.

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Today is Thursday, July 20, the 201st day of 2006 with 164 to follow.
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Today is Monday, May 29, the 147th day of 2006 with 216 to follow.
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Hillary blasts Everest climbers

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, May 27 (UPI) -- The rescue this week of an Australian climber near the top of Mount Everest has raised new questions about climbers who walked past a dying British engineer.

Climber defends leaving dead colleague

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 24 (UPI) -- A New Zealand mountain climber has defended his decision to leave a man to die while climbing Mount Everest, saying he couldn't have saved him.

Union Jack celebrates 400th birthday

LONDON, April 12 (UPI) -- The British flag design known as the Union Jack has been flown around the world since it was declared the official symbol by King James I, 400 years ago.

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More climbers scale Mount Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal, May 30 (UPI) -- At least 30 mountaineers this spring joined the select group of 2,249 people who have scaled Mount Everest, Nepal officials told the BBC.

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Today is Sunday, May 29, the 147th day of 2005 with 216 to follow.
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Sir Hillary rips U.S. road to South Pole

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Sir Edmund Hillary has said the road bring built by Americans across Antarctica is "terrible," the BBC reported Sunday.

New Zealand commemorates 1979 disaster

HAMILTON, New Zealand, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Cathedral bells will toll 257 times in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday -- the 25th anniversary of 257 people dying in a DC-10 plane crash.

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Today is Tuesday, July 20, the 202nd day of 2004 with 164 to follow.
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Clinton story on wife's name questioned

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Bill Clinton's claim that his wife was named in honor of Sir Edmund Hillary has raised eyebrows in New Zealand, the famed mountaineer's homeland, TVNZ reported. On page 870 of his newly published autobiography, "My Life," Clinton says the biggest thril

Ruth to be in World Sports Hall of Fame

TORONTO, June 2 (UPI) -- Babe Ruth, Joe Louis and Jim Thorpe were among the 17 athletes chosen Wednesday to make up the first class of the World Sports Hall of Fame.
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Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008), was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953 at the age of 33, he and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest – see Timeline of climbing Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school, making his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Before the successful expedition in 1953 to Everest, he had been part of a reconnaissance expedition to the mountain in 1951 and an unsuccessful attempt to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. As part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition he reached the South Pole overland in 1958. He would later also travel to the North Pole.

Following his ascent of Everest he devoted much of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts many schools and hospitals were built in this remote region of Nepal.

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