On 29 May Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.
Kate Sheppard, the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement. New Zealand was the first country to introduce universal suffrage so Sheppard's work had a considerable impact on women's suffrage movements in other countries
Helen Clark saw a decade of economic success as Prime Minister of New Zealand for three terms. She is now the administrator for the UN's Development Program which confronts the world's worst development problems.