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Year 761 (DCCLXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 761 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.



  • Battle of Eildon: King Æthelwald of Northumbria faces a rebellion, under a rival claimant to the throne named Oswine. The latter is killed after a three-day battle against the forces of Æthelwald, in the Eildon Hills.
  • Bridei V succeeds his brother Óengus I as king of the Picts (modern Scotland).
  • Europe

  • The city of Oviedo (Northern Spain) is founded by the monks Nolan and John (approximate date).
  • Construction is completed on the 108-room Castello di Lunghezza outside of Rome, Italy.
  • Abbasid Caliphate

  • An Abbasid Caliphate army reconquers the city of Kairouan (in modern-day Tunisia), from 'Abd al-Rahmān ibn Rustam of the Rustamid dynasty. The latter is forced to flee west, where he creates an autonomous state around Tihert (Tiaret).
  • Khurshid II, the last ruler (spāhbed) of Tabaristan, poisons himself when he learns that his family has been captured by the Abbasids.
  • Asia

  • The Japanese priest Dōkyō "cures" Empress Kōken by using prayers and potions. He may have become her lover and certainly becomes her court favorite, arousing the jealousy of Emperor Junnin.
  • A great Chinese famine in the Huai-Yangtze area, late in the year, drives many people to cannibalism (approximate date).
  • Births

  • Shun Zong, emperor of the Tang Dynasty (d. 806)
  • Wu Chongyin, general of the Tang Dynasty (d. 827)
  • Deaths

  • December 23 – Gaubald, bishop of Regensburg
  • Donngal mac Laidcnén, king of the Uí Ceinnselaig (Ireland)
  • Ibn Ishaq, Arab historian and hagiographer (or 767)
  • Khurshid II, ruler (spāhbed) of Tabaristan (b. 734)
  • Óengus I, king of the Picts (approximate date)
  • Shi Siming, general of the Tang Dynasty (b. 703)
  • References

    761 Wikipedia

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