A day-by-day account of the race to the South Pole
January 4, 2013
Saturday, 4 January 1913
Johansen, his alcoholism exacerbated by the disappointments of the Antarctic journey, committed suicide in a Christiania park. He left a wife, from whom he had been estranged for some years, and four children.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Amundsen and Scott expeditions to the South Pole.
A Note on Dates
When the Fram crossed the International Date Line on the way South, Amundsen did not drop a day from his calendar. The Norwegian diaries from mid-January 1911 to late January 1912 thus were on "Framheim time", dated one day later than they should have been: that is, according to Greenwich Mean Time instead of local time. Amundsen noted this specifically in his entry for the Pole itself, headed "Friday 15 December (really 14th)". No little confusion arises in published sources as a result, and doubtless a number of inconsistencies appear on this page. (See the entry for 10 January 1911 for further information.)
Dates are here adjusted to one day earlier than written in the Norwegian diaries, for entries between 10 January 1911 and late January 1912. Bibliographic citations are as in the published sources.