On This Day

What Happened in August 1681

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Vitus Bering, Danish explorer of Bering Strait and coast of Alaska, born in Horsens, Denmark (d. 1741)
  • Aug 22 Pierre Danican Philidor, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1731)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 17 Nikon [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Russian-orthodox church, dies at 76