The New York Times said in 2000 that the North Pole was ice-free for the first time in 50 million years
They also reported that it was ice-free in 1926, which must have been 50 million years ago.
ELLSWORTH IS HAPPY WITH NOME FRIENDS – Quoted as Saying Party Saw “Rocky Islands,” but Not Land, at Pole. LIVES IN ‘EXPLORERS’ CLUB’ Says He Is Enjoying Himself While Waiting to Sail — Crew Makes Up for Lost Sleep. ELLSWORTH IS HAPPY WITH HOME FRIENDS – View Article – NYTimes.com
h/t to Jimbo