Kalmar, Union of 1397, an act uniting the crowns of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden under Eric of Pomerania and his descendants. Queen Margaret of Denmark, Eric's great-aunt and queen of all three countries, had the union created by a congress of Scandinavian nobles and clergy at Kalmar, Sweden. The Danes dominated the union, and Sweden was often in revolt until 1523, when it became permanently independent. Norway and Denmark remained united until 1814, when Norway was ceded to Sweden.
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.