On April 6, 1909, Robert E. Peary claimed to be the first person to ever reach the geographic North Pole. Technically he didn't "discover" the pole, but rather only "attained" it, but that was still a good deal of work. He was given the Thanks of Congress, as well as other nice gifts for his achievement. Peary kept a diary during his expedition, which has helped further legitimize his claim to reaching the pole. His observations match modern scientific data regarding such a journey to the north pole at that time, finally putting to rest the years of speculation that it had indeed been "others" who had first visited this area. His journey went on to inspire many fascinating ice-related events, especially those starring Jason Bateman and Alyssa Milano.