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Americans On Everest Anniversary
In this 1963 photo released by Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library, Barry Corbet Personal Papers and Films, President John F. Kennedy, bottom right, greets members of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition team at the White House Rose Garden in Washington. Surviving members of the first American expedition team to reach the top of Mt. Everest are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their mountaineering milestones. Jim Whittaker rweached the top of the world on May 1, 1963, a decade after Britain's Edmund Hillary. Three weeks later, two other Americans, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld, became the first men ever to scale Everest via more dangerous route on the mountain's west side. (AP Photo/Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library, Barry Corbet Personal Papers and Films)