On This Day

Historical Events in 1603

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
  • Apr 5 New English King James I (James VI of Scotland) departs Edinburgh for London
  • Jun 19 Merga Bien arrested for witchcraft in Fulda, Germany, part of Fulda witch trials. She and about 250 people later burned at the stake.

Historic Event

Jul 17 English explorer Walter Raleigh is arrested by forces of King James I of England

  • Aug 22 1st stones laid in Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam
  • Oct 20 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed
  • Nov 17 English explorer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason
  • Dec 18 First fleet of the Dutch East India Company under Admiral Steven van der Haghen departs for the East-Indies