1703 in History

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Events in History

  • Mar 20 Akō incident: 46 of the 47 surviving Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death in Edo
  • 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

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

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great

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Jul 31 Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • Aug 21 The Edirne Event: Turkish army removes Sultan Mustafa II, lessening the power of the sultans
  • Sep 12 Emperor Leopold I ends contacts on Spanish heritage
  • Sep 12 English army under arch duke Charles of Austria lands in Portugal
  • Nov 24 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia
  • Nov 26 Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England (NS 7 Dec) - thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen
  • Nov 27 The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.
  • Dec 27 England & Portugal sign Methuen-Asiento-trade agreement
  • Dec 30 Tokyo hit by Earthquake; about 37,000 die

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 5 Gilbert Tennent, Irish-born religious leader (d. 1764)
  • Mar 5 Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky, Russian poet (d. 1768)
  • Mar 24 Jose F de Isla, [Francisco de Salazar], Spanish Jesuit/writer
  • Jun 23 Maria Leszczyńska, queen of Louis XV of France (d. 1768)
  • Jun 26 Thomas Clap, American academic (d. 1767)

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Jun 28 John Wesley, English Christian theologian and co-founder of the Methodist movement, born in Epworth, England (d. 1791)

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • Aug 2 Lorenzo Ricci, Italian Jesuit leader (d. 1775)
  • Sep 3 Johan-Theodoor van Bayern, prince-bishop of Luik/cardinal
  • Sep 29 François Boucher, French painter (d. 1770)

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Oct 5 Jonathan Edwards, Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian (Original Sin), born in East Windsor, Connecticut Colony (d. 1758)

Christian Preacher and Philosopher Jonathan Edwards
Christian Preacher and Philosopher
Jonathan Edwards
  • Oct 28 Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician (d. 1768)
  • Nov 25 Jean-François Séguier, French astronomer and botanist (d. 1784)
  • Dec 2 Ferdinand Konscak, Croatian explorer (d. 1759)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 11 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (b. 1632)

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Mar 3 Robert Hooke, scientific genius, dies in London aged 67

Scientist Robert Hooke
Scientist
Robert Hooke
  • Mar 20 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel, German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
  • Apr 20 Lancelot Addison, English royal chaplain (b. 1632)
  • May 1 Kiva Yoshinaka, Japanese monarch, murdered
  • May 3 Eglon van de Down, still-life painter, dies

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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
  • Jun 14 Jean Herauld Gourville, French adventurer (b. 1625)
  • Jun 15 Gillis Schey, Dutch admiral (battle at Lowestoft), dies at 58
  • Sep 20 Archibald Campbell, Scot milt man (blood bath of Glencoe), dies at 52
  • Sep 22 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician and scientist (b. 1622)
  • Sep 29 Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier (b. 1610)
  • Oct 3 Pieter van Wooden, Amersfoorts rebel leader, beheaded
  • Oct 3 Richard Saab, Amersfoorts rebel leader, beheaded
  • Oct 14 Thomas Hansen Kingo, Danish poet (b. 1634)

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Oct 28 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, dies at 86

Mathematician and Cryptographer John Wallis
Mathematician and Cryptographer
John Wallis
  • Nov 19 Man in the Iron Mask, prisoner in Bastille prison in Paris, dies
  • Dec 28 Mustafa II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1664)