On This Day in History, August 7

In 1714, the Russian Navy scored its first victory at the Battle of Gangut, as part of the Great Northern War. This conflict, begun in 1700, was an attempt by Russia to challenge Sweden for dominance in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The defeat of Sweden in this war led Russia to become a new…

On This Day in History, July 22

In 1598, William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, was entered into the Stationers’ Register. The Register operated as a form of copyright protection during the Elizabethan era, allowing for writers to pay to have their works protected by the authority provided to them by the Crown. The Register would slowly fall out of favor…