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Events in History 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great

Book releaseHistoric 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

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe
  • 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