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What do Bill Clinton and New Zealand have in common?
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Jun 25, 2004 14: 10 EST
Apparently, nothing. Bill Clinton's claim that Hillary was named in honour of the first Everest summiteer has a fundamental problem: Edmund Hillary reached Everest's peak on May 29, 1953, nearly seven years after Hillary Clinton was born.

But the story has created more interest in New Zealand than the former president's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Apparently, on several visits to New Zealand during his time in office, Clinton referred to Sir Edmund as "the second favourite Hillary in our household", while Hillary herself has attributed her moniker to the mountaineer.

Edmund Hillary's autobiography notes that at the time of Hillary's birth, he was earning a modest income from bee-keeping.
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