This week in travel: Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2012

Deborah Hopewell
Y! Travel Sr. Editor
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Nov. 26

1922 - English archeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen for the first time, having discovered the necropolis weeks earlier. It was the best preserved, most intact royal tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Tutankhamen was a mere 9 years old when he took the throne more than 3,000 years ago, and only 18 when he died (or was murdered); the cause of his death remains a mystery.

Nov. 27, 1910

New York's beautiful Beaux-Arts masterpiece, Pennsylvania Station, opened. Fifty-three years later, the battle to save the monumental building was lost when developers leveled Penn Station to make room for the fourth incarnation of Madison Square Garden.

Nov. 28, 1520

Ferdinand Magellan, Portugal's renowned navigator and explorer,  reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through a South American strait that came bear his name. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.

Nov. 29, 1929

U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd makes the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

Dec. 1, 1959

Antarctica, the only continent without a native human population, became a scientific preserve when 12 countries, including the United States and the USSR, signed a treaty that also banned all military activity.