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Saturday, May 14, 2011

May 13th




On this day in 1995, Alison Hargreaves reached the peak of Mount Everest unaided meaning without the aid of oxygen or sherpas. She was the first woman to do this and the second person to achieve this Peak.
When I was reading Hargreaves bio, her death year is 1995. Her intention was to climb Everest,K2 and Kanchenjunga all in one year. Hargreaves was the mother of two young children, after her successful climb of Everest, she went home briefly (United Kingdom) to visit her family and then off the join the teams at K2 located in Pakistan. Alison died on the descend of K2; a storm blew her off the mountain.

On this day in 1923, Willa Cather was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours. Other novels include O Pioneers!, My Antonia, and The Song Of The Lark

On this day in 1917, Mary mad her first appearance to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.

On this day in 1888, Princess Isabel of Brazil signed, "Lei Aurea" abolishing slavery.