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1703St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great

1703Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.

1703 Historical Events
Date Event
Feb 4
In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-Seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master's death. 
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 
May 27
St Petersburg (Leningrad) founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great 
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
Turkish army removes Sultan Mustafa II in The Edirne Event, 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 Phila 
Nov 26
Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England (NS 7 Dec) - thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen 
Nov 27
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 
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