Explorer Richard Byrd First To Fly Over South Pole-This Day 1929

On this day in 1929 American explorer Richard Byrd and three companions made the first ever flight over the south pole. They flew from their base on the Ross Ice Shelf and went to the pole and back in 18 hours and 41 minutes. Byrd claimed to be the first person to reach the North and the South Pole. Bryd received the Medal of Honor.