Greetings from base camp at Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth. For most of us, pictures are as close as we’ll get to this iconic destination, which was first summited on this day in 1953. Mountaineers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the historic first ascent and achieved instant fame. The two spent 15 minutes on the summit, with Norgay leaving an offering of sweets.
Start date: 1660
End date: 1666
The departure of Charles II from Scheveningen (1660)
(1660) The Restoration begins as Charles II’s exile ends.
Also on this day,
1453 | Byzantine Empire ends
1913 | “Rite of Spring” riot
1953 | Everest is conquered