On This Day

What Happened in August 1779

Famous Birthdays

  • 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, born in Bohlsbach, Swabia (d. 1851)
  • Aug 7 Carl Ritter, German geographer and co-founder of modern science of geography, born in Quedlinburg, Prussia (d. 1859)
  • Aug 7 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer and navigator (published the first map to show a full outline of the coastline of Australia in 1811), born in Montélimar, Drôme (d. 1842)
  • Aug 17 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
  • Aug 20 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1848)

Person of interestFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Aug 20 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, 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)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Henry Kobell, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 27
  • Aug 24 Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714)