On This Day

What Happened in December 1703

Historical Events

  • Dec 7 Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England - thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen
  • Dec 7 The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703
  • Dec 27 England & Portugal sign Methuen-Asiento-trade agreement
  • Dec 30 Tokyo hit by Earthquake; about 37,000 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Ferdinand Konščak, Croatian explorer and Jesuit missionary, born in Varaždin, Kingdom of Croatia (d. 1759)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 28 Mustafa II [Mustafa Oglu Mehmed IV], Ottoman Sultan (1695-1703), dies at 39