What Happened in May 1703

Historical Events

  • May 1 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
  • May 2 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
  • May 18 Dutch & English troops occupy Cologne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great

Famous Birthdays

  • May 8 Gottlob Harrer, German composer, born in Görlitz (d. 1755)

Famous Deaths

  • May 1 Kiva Yoshinaka, Japanese monarch, murdered
  • May 3 Eglon van de Down, still-life painter, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 16 Charles Perrault, French author/fairy tale writer, dies at 75

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault
Fairytale writer
Charles Perrault
  • May 21 Roemer Vlacq, Dutch admiral, dies in battle
  • May 26 Samuel Pepys, English marine expert (Diary)/composer, dies at 70