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What Happened in 1603

Historical Events in 1603

  • Mar 24 Scottish King James VI son of Mary Queen of Scots, becomes King James I of England in succession to Elizabeth I, thus joining the English and Scottish crowns
  • Mar 24 Tokugawa Ieyasu is granted the title of shogun, officially establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate which would rule Japan until 1867
  • Mar 30 Battle at Mellifont: English army under Lord Mountjoy beats Irish
  • Apr 5 New English King James I (James VI of Scotland) departs Edinburgh for London
  • Jun 19 Merga Bien arrested for witchcraft in Fulda, Germany, part of Fulda witch trials. She and about 250 people later burned at the stake.
  • Jul 17 English explorer Walter Raleigh is arrested by forces of King James I of England
  • Aug 22 1st stones layed in Zuiderkerk Amsterdam
  • Oct 20 Chinese uprising in Philippines fails after 23,000 killed
  • Nov 17 English explorer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason
  • Dec 18 First fleet of the Dutch East India Company under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies

Famous People in 1603

World Leaders in 1603