Why Famous: Bellingshausen was a distinguished Russian officer of Baltic-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.
- 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