The date was April 6, 1909.
A major discovery was about to thrill the whole world! According to Answers.com, “Robert E. Peary reached the North Pole after several failed attempts. The team consisted of Peary–leader of the expedition; Matthew A. Henson, a black man who had served with Peary since 1886 as the ship’s cook, carpenter and blacksmith–and later as Peary’s coexplorer and valuable assistant; and four Eskimo guides—Coquesh, Ootah, Eginwah and Seegloo. They sailed on July 17, 1908, on the ship Roosevelt, wintering on Ellesmere Island.
“After a grueling trek with dwindling food supplies, Henson and two of the Eskimos were the first to reach the Pole. An exhausted Peary arrived 45 minutes later and confirmed their location. Dr. Frederick A. Cook, the surgeon on an earlier expedition with Peary, claimed to have reached the Pole first, but that claim could not be substantiated, and the National Geographic Society credited the Peary expedition.”
And the North Pole has even played a prominent (if not downright starring!) role in several major Tinsel Town hits! Who could ever forget “Elf,” “Fred Claus,” “Happy Feet,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “The Polar Express,” just to name a few?!
Even Party Fiesta Balloon Decor has gotten into the icy act on more than one occasion! Who can resist the charm of gleaming-bright ice and fluffy snow flurries?! One of the most amazing experiences was when Party Fiesta’s CBA, Rolando Ibarra, helped to create an ice-and-snow paradise at a balloon convention in Las Vegas, and the “frozen-fantasy” balloon sculpture was so realistic, you needed a parka just to look at it!