It Could Be Amazing

I like stories about ordinary people who've done something out of the ordinary. My favourite year in history is 1912.

17th January 1912

Captain Scott and his men reach the South Pole only to discover that Amundsen had arrived there on 14 December 1911. He had left a tent, some supplies, and a letter to King Haakon VII of Norway which he politely asked Scott to deliver.

They took the top photograph of themselves using a string to operate the shutter. The below photo shows Amundsen’s tent at the South Pole.

After confirming their position and planting their flag, Scott’s party turned homewards the next day. Edgar Evans collapsed and died on 17 February, Oates left the tent on or about 17 March, and Scott, Wilson and Bowers are presumed to have died on 29 March 1912, possibly a day later. The positions of the bodies in the tent when it was discovered eight months later suggested that Scott was the last of the three to die.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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