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Year 749 (DCCXLIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 749 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.



  • King Ratchis of the Lombards besieges Perugia; convinced to lift the siege by Pope Zachary, he is forced to retire with his family to the monastery at Monte Cassino.
  • June – Aistulf succeeds his brother, Ratchis, as king of the Lombards and marries Gisaltruda, sister of Anselm, Duke of Friuli.
  • Britain

  • King Ælfwald of East Anglia dies after a 36-year reign. He is succeeded by Beonna, Æthelberht I and possibly Hun (relationship unknown). Beonna emerges as the dominant monarch.
  • King Æthelbald of Mercia calls the Synod of Gumley, at the instigation of Boniface, bishop of Mainz, and issues a charter that releases the Catholic Church from all public burdens.
  • Arabian Empire

  • Abbasid Revolution: Muslim forces under Qahtaba ibn Shabib al-Ta'i defeat a large Umayyad army (50,000 men) at Isfahan, and invade Iraq, taking the city of Kufa.
  • Abdallah ibn Abd al-Malik, Umayyad prince, is executed by crucifixion on orders of the first Abbasid caliph, Abdullah ibn Muhammad, at Al-Hirah (or 750).
  • October 28 – Abdullah ibn Muhammad is proclaimed caliph at Kufa by his supporters and adopts the title of al-Saffah (the "Slaughterer of Blood").
  • Japan

  • August 19 – Emperor Shōmu abdicates the throne, after a 25-year reign that has been dominated by his wife (and aunt), Kōmyō, a commoner he married at age 16. He is succeeded by his daughter Kōken; Shōmu becomes the first retired emperor to become a Buddhist priest.
  • Catastrophe

  • January 18 – Galilee earthquake: Palestine and eastern Transjordan are devastated by a earthquake. The cities of Tiberias, Beit She'an, Hippos and Pella are largely destroyed.
  • Births

  • Muhammad al-Shaybani, Muslim jurist (approximate date)
  • Deaths

  • Abdallah ibn Abd al-Malik, Umayyad prince (or 750)
  • Ælfwald, king of East Anglia
  • Ailello hui Daimine, king of Uí Maine (Ireland)
  • Gyōki, Japanese Buddhist priest (b. 668)
  • December 4 – John of Damascus, Syrian monk and priest
  • August 27 – Qahtaba ibn Shabib al-Ta'i, Muslim general
  • References

    749 Wikipedia