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On this day in LIFE Magazine — Step by Step to the Top of Everest with Hillary and Tenzing
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to summit the world’s tallest mountain, and even six long decades later their feat resonates as one of the 20th century’s enduring, signature moments. The cover story that ran in LIFE wrote of their the accomplishment — and the bitter controversy that swirled around the entire event.
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