Antarctica Timeline

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In January, Captain James Cook becomes first to enter the Antarctic Circle

1773

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen is the person to see the Antarctic continent

1820

Edward Bransfield and Smith are the first ones to see the Antarctic Peninsula

1820

Bellinghausen returns and discovers Peter I Island and the Alexander Islands

1821

James Weddell sails to 74 degrees south which is the furthest gone

1823

The first sighting of Antarctica from the Indian Ocean zone

1831

Jules-Sebastian Dumont d'Urville discovers a stretch of coastline he call Adelie

1840

Sir Jame Clark Ross discovers Ross Island, Mt. Erebus and the Ross Ice Shelf

1841

Robert F. Scott sets out for the South Pole but returns without getting there

1902

Douglas Mawson reaches the South Magnetic Pole

1909

Roald Amundsen reaches the South Pole on December 14

1911

Hubert Wilkins makes the first flight in the Antarctic region

1928

Richard E. Byrd becomes the first to fly over the South Pole

1929

Scientists at Vostok Staion record a temperature of -89.2C

1983