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What Happened on August 20, 1779

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica, born in Osel, Estonia (d. 1852)

  • Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1848)
1779 Highlights

About August 20, 1779

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 242 years, 1 month and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Leo