Title: Fact of the Day
Fact: On December 14, 1911, Roald Amundsen of Norway, one of the great figures in polar exploration, became the first explorer to reach the South Pole. In 1897, he was first mate on an expedition that was the first to winter in the Antarctic. In 1903, he was the first to guide a ship through the Northwest Passage and around the Canadian coast. He planned to be the first to reach the North Pole until he learned that American Robert Peary already had. In June 1910, he sailed instead for Antarctica.