17 March 1880: Birth of Lawrence Oates, British Explorer

Lawrence Edward Grace Oates was born on 17 March 1880 at Putney, London, one of the four children of William and Caroline Oates. He was privately educated after ill health cut short his attendance at Eton College after two years. Read the full biography page of Lawrence Oates.

17 March 1880: Birth of Lawrence Oates, British Explorer

20 February 1920: Death of Robert Peary, American Explorer

Robert Peary was an American explorer who claimed to have been the first man to reach the North Pole. His claim is still disputed.

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