On This Day

Historical Events in 1703

  • Mar 20 Akō incident: 46 of the 47 surviving Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death in Edo
  • May 1 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
  • May 2 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
  • May 18 Dutch & English troops occupy Cologne

Historic Event

May 27 Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

Historic Publication

Jul 31 Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers

  • Aug 21 The Edirne Event: Turkish army removes Sultan Mustafa II, lessening the power of the sultans
  • Sep 12 Emperor Leopold I ends contacts on Spanish heritage
  • Sep 12 English army under arch duke Charles of Austria lands in Portugal
  • Nov 24 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia
  • 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