On this day: The First Known Ascent of Everest

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first known ascent of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. The question of whether a 1924 expedition succeeded will remain a mystery forever. Since then, and particularly in the past 15 years, the mountain has become increasingly congested as record numbers of people attempt to reach the summit, with over 3,000 having succeeded, though at least a couple of hundred people have died on the mountain.

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