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Thor Heyerdahl

Age: 87

Norwegian explorer and anthropologist who, in 1947, traveled 4,300 miles from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago near Tahiti in a primitive raft he called the Kon-Tiki to support his theory that the first Polynesian settlers were from South America. His memoir, Kon-Tiki, became an international bestseller, and the documentary on the epic voyage won an Oscar.

Died: Italy, April 18, 2002

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