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Ernest Shackleton and crew head out from Elephant Island in a makeshift open sea craft. Following a voyage of 16 days they arrived at South Georgia, also in Antarctica. Determined to reach a whaling station at Stromness, Shackleton and crew set across the frozen island on foot. Although his expedition failed in its stated objective, Shackleton considered the trek a success. "The comradeship and resource of the members...was worthy of the highest traditions of Polar service," he later declared.


Byrd and Bennett
Americans Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett are the first to fly over the North Pole. The veracity of their feat will later be called into question and will be the subject of controversial debate for years to come.


Australia's Sir George Hubert Wilkins is the first man to fly over Antarctica.


Operating out of his base, Little America, on the Bay of Whales, Richard E. Byrd, along with three others, completes a 1600-mile flight over the South Pole.


Naturalist and explorer William Beebe and engineer Otis Barton set out to plunge deeper into the ocean than anyone had ever gone. Through the use of a bathysphere, Beebe and Barton descended to a record-setting depth of 3,028 feet off the coast of Bermuda. The record stands for fifteen years before Barton himself breaks it.


Norwegian scientist and explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, sets out to cross the Pacific Ocean in boat made of balsa logs, bamboo, and hemp to "support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru." His vessel, the "Kon-Tiki", carried a crew of six from Peru and arrived in Tahiti 108 days later.


New Zealander Edmund Hillary, along with Nepalese guide Tenzing Norgay, completes the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.


The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine the "Nautilus", commandeered by William R. Anderson, becomes the first ship to cross beneath the entire length of the North Pole.

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