Full Name: James Cook
Why Famous: Cook explored thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe, surveying, recording and naming features for the first time. He had a unique combination of seamanship, surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage and leadership.
- 1762-12-21 British Explorer Captain James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts
- 1768-08-25 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean
- 1769-10-08 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)
- 1770-04-19 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia
- 1770-04-28 British Captain James Cook, aboard the Endeavour, lands at Botany Bay in Australia
- 1770-06-11 Captain James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia
- 1770-08-22 James Cook's expedition lands on the east coast of Australia.
- 1771-07-12 James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs, England
- 1772-07-13 Captain James Cook begins 2nd voyage aboard the Resolution to the South Seas to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)
- 1773-01-17 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)
- 1776-07-11 Captain James Cook begins his third voyage
- 1777-12-24 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook
- 1778-01-18 Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)
- 1778-03-07 Captain James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay