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Today is Saturday, May 29, the 150th day of 2004 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2003 with 164 to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: Death on a Bolivian mountain

SAO PAULO, June 12 (UPI) -- The news of two American climbers dying on the slopes of a famous Bolivian mountain barely registered a blip on the U.S. news radar.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Latin America Correspondent

Watercooler Stories

Just days after the 50th anniversary of the first known conquest of Mount Everest, several groups have topped the world's highest mountain.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, May 29, the 149th day of 2003 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged on this day in 2002 that if the FBI had acted on available information the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington might have been averted.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

UPI's weekly Blast from the Past package for May 26-June 1.
By United Press International

Watercooler Stories

The smalltooth sawfish, once an omnipresent resident of the Florida Keys, now is on the endangered species list.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

On the Net ... with UPI

The White House is offering $1.4 billion for rural tech development, the Slammer virus was bad but could have been worse, and other stories about the World Wide Web.
MARIE HORRIGAN, UPI Technology News

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 20, the 201st day of 2002 w with 164 to follow.
By United Press International

The almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 29, the 149th day of 2002 with 216 to follow.
By United Press International

Blast from the Past

He was king of the world. Or at least on top of it. It was on this date in 1953 that Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and a Nepalese sherpa named Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. Almost
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Blast from the Past

This is the UPI Blast from the Past advance package, May 27 through June 2.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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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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