Friedland, Battle of, June 14, 1807, a crucial engagement of the Napoleonic Wars. It was fought near the city of Friedland (now Pravdinsk) in the province of Königsberg, East Prussia. Here the French armies of Napoleon I defeated Russian troops under Count Bennigsen. The defeat resulted in Russia's signing the humiliating treaty of Tilsit, by which France gained East Prussia.
Cook, James (1728 - 1779), a British navigator. Captain Cook accurately charted vast regions of the South Pacific; provided a basis for England's claim to Australia and New Zealand; and developed a diet that prevented scurvy among seamen.
The history of Europe is the story of many different peoples and cultures. Some peoples lagged behind, while others surged far ahead in the development of social, intellectual, and political institutions and ideas.