1861 – Vitus Jonassen Bering was born in Horsens, Denmark. Danish-Russian Arctic navigator whose exploration of the Bering Strait and Alaska prepared the way for a Russian foothold on the North American continent.
1703 – He joined the Russian Navy and served in the Baltic Fleet during the Great Northern War.
1710-1712 – Served in the Azov Sea Fleet in Taganrog and took part in the Russo-Turkish War.
1715 – Married a Russian woman.
1725 – He went overland to Okhotsk, crossed to Kamchatka, and built the ship Sviatoi Gavriil (St. Gabriel).
– He was selected by Czar Peter I (Peter the Great) to explore far northeastern Siberia and seek a Northeast Passage through the Arctic to China.
– Bering left St. Petersburg on February 5th leading an expedition that traveled across Siberia and set up a base in Kamchatka.
1728 – He sailed through the strait that now bears his name, proving that indeed America and Asia were separate continents.
– Bering discovered Bering Strait.
1729 – Searched for mainland eastward, rediscovering one of the Diomede Islands (Ratmanov Island).
1730 – Bering returned to St. Petersburg.
1941 – Bering sighted the volcano Mount Saint Elias, and sailed past Kodiak Island.
– On 19th of December, Vitus Bering died at Bering Island, near the Kamchatka Peninsula.