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1603 in History

Events in History


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

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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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • Aug 22 1st stones layed in Zuiderkerk Amsterdam
  • Oct 20 Chinese uprising in 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 27 Harbottle Grimston, English politician (d. 1685)
  • Mar 18 Simon Bradstreet, Massachusetts Bay colonist (d. 1693)
  • Apr 19 Michel le Tellier, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1685)
  • Jun 17 Joseph of Cupertino, Italian saint, born in Copertino, Apulia, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1663)
  • Jul 11 Kenelm Digby, English philosopher and diplomat, born in Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1665)
  • Nov 16 Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior, born in Iwanowice, Kalisz, Poland (d. 1673)

Person of interestRoger Williams

Dec 21 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, born in London, England (d. 1684)

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams

Deaths in History

  • Jan 5 Pieter Adriaansz van der Werff, mayor of Lead, dies at 73
  • Feb 23 Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician and botanist, dies at 83

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)
  • Jun 27 Jan Dymitr Solikowski, Polish archbishop and diplomat (b. 1539)
  • Aug 16 Silvio Antoniano, Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri), dies at 62
  • Sep 8 George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon, English politician (b. 1547)
  • Nov 5 Irini Fedorovna, Russian daughter of Boris Godunov, dies
  • Nov 16 Pierre Charron, French philosopher/theologian, dies
  • Nov 18 Elisabeth van Nassau, daughter of Willem & Juliana van Stolberg, dies at 61
  • Nov 30 William Gilbert, English physician and physicist (researcher into magnetism), dies probably of the plague at 59
  • Dec 4 Maarten de Vos, Flemish painter, dies at about 71
  • Dec 9 William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)
  • Dec 13 François Viète, French mathematician dies in Paris (b. 1540)
  • Dec 22 Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1595-1603), dies at 37
  • Dec 27 Thomas Cartwright, English Presbyterian publicist, dies at about 68