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Year 639 (DCXXXIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 639 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.

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Europe

  • January 19 – Dagobert I dies after a 10-year reign as king of all the Franks, in which his realm has prospered. He is succeeded by Sigebert III (age 9), independent ruler of Austrasia, and his half-brother Clovis II (age 2), who becomes king of Neustria and Burgundy. Under the supervision of Pepin of Landen, Mayor of the Palace, the royal treasury is distributed between the two brothers and widowed queen Nanthild (regent on Clovis' behalf).
  • Arabian Empire

  • Arab–Byzantine War: The Rashidun army (4,000 men), under the command of 'Amr ibn al-'As, invades Byzantine Egypt. They capture the strategic town of Pelusium (Nile Delta) after a two-month siege. Arab reinforcements led by Zubayr ibn al-Awam are sent from Medina to assist Amr's army. The losses incurred by the Muslims are ameliorated by Sinai Bedouins, tribes of Rashida and Lakhm; they join the invaders in conquering Egypt.
  • Hormuzan, Persian satrap of Susiana (vassal of the Rashidun Caliphate), revolts against the Muslims and raids Mesopotamia. Arab forces under Abu Musa al-Asha'ari destroy Susa in the lower Zagros Mountains.
  • Plague of Emmaus: An epidemic disease breaks out in Emmaus (Imwas) in Palestine. It strikes the city and the military camps of the Muslim Arabs, killing most of its population (probably estimated 25,000 people).
  • Asia

  • The Xueyantuo assaults the Chinese-conquered vassal of Eastern Tujue. Although simultaneously fighting in Korea against Goguryeo, Emperor Tai Zong commissions his famous general Li Shiji to fend off attacks in the campaign against Xueyantuo.
  • An unsuccessful revolt of Prince Kürşat (of the Eastern Turks) breaks out in China.
  • Religion

  • Eligius succeeds Acarius as bishop of Doornik and Noyon. He becomes constituted guardian of the towns of Vermandois, which include also Ghent and Kortrijk (Flanders).
  • The First Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is founded by the exarch Isaac of Ravenna on Torcello, confirming the island's importance as a centre of population in Venice at this date.
  • Births

  • Aldegonde, Frankish abbess (approximate date)
  • Aldhelm, bishop of Sherborne (approximate date)
  • Ecgberht of Ripon, bishop of Lindisfarne (d. 729)
  • Yeon Namsan, military leader of Goguryeo (d. 701)
  • Deaths

  • January 19 – Dagobert I, king of the Franks (b. c. 603)
  • February 3 – K'inich Yo'nal Ahk I, ajaw of Piedras Negras
  • November 27 – Acarius, bishop of Doornik and Noyon
  • Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, commander of the Rashidun Caliphate (b. 583)
  • Faílbe Flann mac Áedo Duib, king of Munster (Ireland)
  • Wang Gui, chancellor of the Tang dynasty (b. 571)
  • Yang Gongren, chancellor of the Tang dynasty
  • References

    639 Wikipedia


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