On This Day

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


Person of interestRoger Williams

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

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams

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