The timeline of Edmund Hillary’s life shows a mountain climber and explorer who was also a humanitarian and philanthropist. He is most known for being one of the first climbers to get to the summit of Mount Everest, one of his greatest accomplishments.
On July 20, 1919 Edmund Percival Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand.
Hillary’s family moved to Tuakau.
Hillary went on school trip to Mount Ruapehu and is exposed to climbing.
Hillary completed his first major climb. He reached the peak of Mount Ollivier with his friend Tenzing Norgay.
Hillary climbed to the south ridge of Aoraki to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.
Hillary went to Switzerland to climb in the Alps.
Hillary participated in a reconnaissance expedition to Everest.
Hillary was part of the team that tried unsuccessfully to climb the Cho Oyu.
On May 29, Hillary and Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Hillary is knighted by Queen Elizabeth and becomes Sir Edmund Hillary.
He married Louise Mary Rose.
Hillary joined the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition to become the first group that crossed Antarctic over land, via the South Pole. Hillary was the first man to reach both of the poles of the Earth.
His wife Louise and his daughter Belinda were killed in an airplane crash.
Hillary led a group of explorers to trace the route of the Ganges River from the Himalayas to the mouth of the river.
He founded the Himalayan Trust to finance humanitarian efforts for the Sherpas including building schools and hospitals and helping in conservation efforts.
Hillary was appointed the New Zealand High Commissioner to India.
Hillary married June Mulgrew.
Hillary’s son Peter climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.
Hillary’s picture appears on the New Zealand five dollar note, making him the first New Zealander to appear on money during his lifetime.
On January 11, Hillary died in Aukland City of heart failure.
The Hillary Trail was opened in the Waitakere Ranges.
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