Bering, Vitus Jonassen
Born: Aug, 1681 AD
Died: 1741 AD, at 60 years of age.
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.
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