On This Day

What Happened in August 1768

Historical Events

  • Aug 19 Saint Isaac's Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean

Explorer James Cook
James Cook
Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 17 Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, French general (d. 1800)
  • Aug 27 Anne Fran├žois Mellinet, French-Belgian general (Maastricht), born in Corbeil-Essonnes, France (d. 1852)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 17 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (b. 1703)