On This Day

August 1768 in History

Events in History

  • 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

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

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