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Year 1069 (MLXIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • Harrying of the North: King William of England (William the Conqueror) reacts to rebellions made by his Anglo-Saxon subjects against him. He rides through the north of England with his army and burns houses, crops, cattle and land from York to Durham, which results in the deaths of over 100,000 people, mainly from starvation and winter cold.
  • William the Conqueror founds the Norman Selby Abbey.
  • Al-Mu'tamid ibn Abbad succeeds his father on the throne of the Taifa of Seville.
  • Emperor Shenzong of Song appoints Wang Anshi as his chief counsellor.
  • Wang Anshi, chancellor of the Chinese Song dynasty, implements the New Policies, which include financial reforms, raising the salaries of officials to reduce corruption, institution of the baojia system, etc.
  • Nam tiến, the southward expansion of the territory of Vietnam, begins.
  • Magnus II of Norway dies, and Olaf III becomes sole King of Norway.
  • The Seljuq Turks fail to capture Iconium, following a Byzantine counter-attack launched from Syria.
  • Births

  • Mieszko Bolesławowic, Son of Bolesław II the Bold, King of Poland and Prince of Cracow (d.1089)
  • Leo Diogenes, son of Byzantine Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes and Eudokia Makrembolitissa (crowned co-emperor during his father's reign) (d. 1087)
  • Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa, samurai from the Taira clan
  • Deaths

  • Robert de Comines, earl of Northumbria
  • Ealdred (archbishop of York)
  • Ibn Hazm, Muslim philosopher and theologian
  • Gudesteus, Bishop of Iria Flavia
  • John II of Amalfi, Duke of Amalfi
  • Magnus II of Norway, King of Norway, (b. 1048)
  • Pedro Seguin, fifth bishop of the restored Diocese of Ourense
  • Tilopa, Indian tantric practitioner and mahasiddha (b. 988)
  • References

    1069 Wikipedia