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Year 669 (DCLXIX) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 669 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.


Byzantine Empire

  • Spring – Arab forces that have taken Chalcedon, on the Asian shore of the Bosporus, threaten the Byzantine capital Constantinople. The Muslim-Arabs are decimated by famine and disease. Yazid, Arab commander, retreats to the island of Cyzicus (modern Turkey).
  • Britain

  • King Ecgberht of Kent loses the overlordship of Surrey to King Wulfhere of Mercia. He grants the old Saxon Shore Fort at Reculver (south-east England) to a priest named Bassa, in order to establish a monastery dedicated to St. Mary (approximate date).
  • Asia

  • November 14 – Kamatari, Japanese statesman and reformer, receives the surname Fujiwara from Emperor Tenji as a reward for his services, but dies in Yamato prefecture (modern-day Sakurai City).
  • Births

  • Justinian II, Byzantine emperor (approximate date)
  • Gregory II, pope of the Catholic Church (d. 731)
  • Qutayba ibn Muslim, Arab general (approximate date)
  • Deaths

  • November 14 – Fujiwara no Kamatari, founder of the Fujiwara clan (b. 614)
  • Jaruman, bishop of Mercia (approximate date)
  • December 31 – Li Shiji, general and chancellor of the Tang Dynasty (b. 594)
  • Mezezius, Byzantine usurper (approximate date)
  • References

    669 Wikipedia

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