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Born 6 June 1868: Robert Falcon Scott

Robert Falcon Scott, a British naval officer and explorer forever linked to the conquest of the South Pole, was born on June 6th, 1868, in Devonport, England. The third of six children, Scott’s early life was comfortable. However, his family’s financial fortunes waned during his naval career. Despite this setback, Scott thrived in the Royal Navy, rising through the ranks and demonstrating a natural aptitude for leadership. This quality and a growing fascination with polar exploration would propel him towards leading two expeditions to Antarctica. The first, the Discovery Expedition (1901-1904), established Scott as a skilled scientist and leader. However, his legacy would be ultimately defined by the Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913) and the heartbreaking race to the South Pole, a story of courage, endurance, and tragic loss.

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