On This Day

What Happened in March 1603

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Elizabeth 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

  • Mar 25 Ikoma Chikamasa, Japanese warlord (b. 1526)