Antarctic By adafadd Jan 1, 1821 John Davis John Davis became arguably the first person to land on the continent. Jan 1, 1841 Sir James Clark Rose Sir James Clark Rose searched for the magnetic South Pole. Jan 1, 1895 Carsten Borchgrevink Carsten Borchgrevink found lichen, the first sign of plant life. Jan 1, 1898 Adrein de Gerlache Adrein de Gerlache and his crew became the first to survive an antarctic winter. Period: Jan 1, 1907 to Jan 1, 1909 Shackleton Shackleton almost reached the South Pole on a journey of his own. Jan 1, 1911 Race Race to the South Pole! The first succsessful trip was led by Amundsen. Jan 1, 1911 Scott A British trip to the South Pole was led by Robert Falcon Scott. He got there second. Jan 1, 1912 Scott Scott died on his way back to the ship Dec 8, 1914 Shakleton Shakleton's crew reaches the Weddell sea. Jan 1, 1915 The Endurance The Endurance is frozen in the ice on the edge of Weddell Sea.