Antarctica By codsy1234 Jan 17, 1773 Captain James Cook Captain James Cook and his crew became the first men to cross the antarctic circle. Jun 24, 1819 William Smith Englishman William Smith discoverd the first land south of the parallel 60 degrese south latitude. Jan 27, 1821 Jhon Davis Jhon Davis became arguably the first person to land on the contient. May 27, 1823 Jhon Weddell Jhon Weddell went the furthest into Antarctica, which is why the Weddell Sea bears his name May 27, 1901 Scott and Shackleton Scott and Shackleton and three orther exploers attemped to walk to the soth pole and they were unsuccesful. Jun 24, 1911 A British A British to the south pole was led by Scott and he got there second. Jun 25, 1912 Scott Scott died on his way back to the ship Dec 8, 1914 Shackleton On December 8 Shackleton's crew reaches the Weddell Sea.