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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1203 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1203
Ab urbe condita 1956
Armenian calendar 652
Assyrian calendar 5953
Balinese saka calendar 1124–1125
Bengali calendar 610
Berber calendar 2153
English Regnal year 4  Joh. 1   5  Joh. 1
Buddhist calendar 1747
Burmese calendar 565
Byzantine calendar 6711–6712
Chinese calendar 壬戌(Water  Dog)
3899 or 3839
癸亥年 (Water  Pig)
3900 or 3840
Coptic calendar 919–920
Discordian calendar 2369
Ethiopian calendar 1195–1196
Hebrew calendar 4963–4964
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1259–1260
 - Shaka Samvat 1124–1125
 - Kali Yuga 4303–4304
Holocene calendar 11203
Igbo calendar 203–204
Iranian calendar 581–582
Islamic calendar 599–600
Japanese calendar Kennin 3
Javanese calendar 1111–1112
Julian calendar 1203
Korean calendar 3536
Minguo calendar 709 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −265
Thai solar calendar 1745–1746
Tibetan calendar 阳水狗年
(male Water-Dog)
1329 or 948 or 176
(female Water-Pig)
1330 or 949 or 177

Year 1203 ( MCCIII ) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. It was also the first year to have all digits different from each other since 1098.



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  • First evidence that the Temple in London is extending loans to the king of England. The sums remain relatively small, but are often used for critical operations, such as the ransoming of the king’s soldiers captured by the French. [1]




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  1. Ferris, Eleanor (1902). "The Financial Relations of the Knights Templars to the English Crown". American Historical Review. 8 (1).