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 28

In 1540, Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to King Henry VIII of England, an influential proponent of English Reformation and involved with arranging and ending a number of his marriages, was executed on the grounds of treason and heresy. He was executed without trial. Ironically on the same day, King Henry VIII married his fifth wife,…