Calendar of Cool: Robert Peary Reaches the North Pole

On April 6, 1909, Robert Peary reached the North Pole. After entering the U.S. Navy in 1881 and serving in Nicaragua for several years, Robert Peary became interested in arctic exploration and visited Greenland in 1886.

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Obtaining a leave of absence from the Navy, Peary set out on an expedition to find the North Pole. He brought back important surveys of Ellesmere Land and a study of the surface and drift of the polar ice pack.

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Although there was some controversy surrounding whether or not Peary actually reached the North Pole, the government recognized his achievement in 1911. Peary’s North Pole expeditions are documented in several books.

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An adventure to the northernmost point on our planet? That’s freezingly cool!

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