Famous People Born in August 1779

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  • Aug 1 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • Aug 1 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (d. 1851)
  • Aug 7 Carl Ritter, co-founder of modern science of geography
  • Aug 7 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (d. 1842)
  • Aug 17 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
  • Aug 20 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (d. 1848)
  • Aug 20 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, Russian Explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica, born in Osel, Estonia (d. 1852)
  • Aug 22 James Kirke Paulding, American author (The Dutchman's Fireside), born in Pleasant Valley, NY (d. 1860)