On This Day in History: The South Pole was Discovered

dog sledding through South Pole

Today marks the anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole.

On December 14, 1911, Norwegian-born Road Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole.  Amundsen beat out his rival, English explorer Robert F. Scott, who officially landed on the South Pole on January 18, 1912.  While Amundsen was able to successfully return after reaching the Pole, Scott wasn’t so lucky.  After reaching the South Pole and finding that Amundsen had already beaten him, Scott was met with perilous weather as he attempted to return to his base camp.  Sadly, a storm wiped out Scott’s team, and their frozen bodies were found just 11 miles from the safety of their camp.

Following his expedition to the South Pole, Amundsen set up a successful shipping business.  He later went on to attempt to become the first explorer to fly over the North Pole.  In 1925, he got close with his plane within 150 miles off the Pole.  In 1926, he managed to pass over the North Pole just three days after American explorer Richard E. Byrd allegedly beat him to it.  However, in 1996, Byrd’s flight diary was found, and his entries suggested that he was forced to turn back before ever reaching the North Pole due to an oil leak.  Following this discovery, Amundsen was posthumously declared the first man to fly over the North Pole.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate the anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s historic journey to the South Pole.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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