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Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

Profession: Explorer

Nationality:
Russia
Russian

Why Famous: Bellingshausen was a distinguished Russian officer of Batlic German descent. He participated in the 1803-06 Russian circumnavigation of the globe, Russia's first, and became the leader of another circumnavigation group that discovered Antarctica in 1820.

Born: August 20, 1779
Birthplace: Salme Parish, Estonia
Star Sign: Leo

Died: January 25, 1852 (aged 72)

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Events in the Life of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen

  • 1819-07-16 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen sets sail to explore Antarctica for Tsar Alexander I
  • 1820-01-27 Russian Antarctic expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discover the continent of Antarctica
  • 1821-08-04 Russian Antarctic expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen returns to Kronshtadt after becoming the 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica

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