Today’s Date: Birth of an Explorer
On this day in 1870, the famous Danish captain and explorer Johan Peter Koch was born.
He was heavily involved in Admiral Georg Carl Amdrup’s month-long expedition to east Greenland in 1900 and a later survey of Iceland.
The expeditions were extremely successful, obtaining significant botanical, geological and zoological specimens.
Reportedly, the crew also brought back a live musk ox and ten lemmings for unexplained reasons.