On This Day

What Happened in March 1603

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 18 Simon Bradstreet, Massachusetts Bay colonist (d. 1693)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestElizabeth I

Mar 24 Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, dies at 69

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Mar 25 Ikoma Chikamasa, Japanese warlord (b. 1526)