What Happened in December 1603

Historical Events

  • Dec 18 First fleet of the Dutch East India Company under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies

Famous Birthdays

Roger Williams

Dec 21 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, born in London, England (d. 1684)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 4 Maarten de Vos, Flemish painter, dies at about 71
  • Dec 9 William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)
  • Dec 13 François Viète, French mathematician dies in Paris (b. 1540)
  • Dec 22 Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1595-1603), dies at 37
  • Dec 27 Thomas Cartwright, English Presbyterian publicist, dies at about 68