|Covid-19|Arab–Byzantine War: Emperor Leo IV ("the Khazar") repulses an Abbasid invasion in Anatolia. A Byzantine expeditionary force under Michael Lachanodrakon, military governor (strategos) of the Thracesian Theme, defeats the Muslim-Arabs at the fortress city of Germanikeia in Cilicia (modern Turkey). He plunders the region and takes many captives, mostly Jacobites, who are resettled in Thrace.
A Frankish army (supported by Burgundians, Bavarians, Bretons, Lombards, and Visigoths) under King Charlemagne invades Al-Andalus (modern Spain), but is halted at Zaragoza, in the thughur or frontier zone of the Emirate of Córdoba. During the retreat, Charlemagne is defeated by the Basques at Roncevaux (Pyrenees). Among those killed is Roland, governor of the Breton March, who will be immortalized in the 11th-century epic Song of Roland. This marks the beginning of medieval French literature.
Saxon Wars: Widukind and his close followers return to Saxony from Denmark. He probably makes alliances with the Danes and the north-western Slav tribes. Saxon 'rebels' destroy the fortress of Karlsburg and sack Deutz (near Cologne), but are unable to cross the Rhine. They are driven back by the garrison of Koblenz, but then ambush and defeat the Frankish pursuers. Counter-attacking Frankish forces pursue the Saxons up the Lahn Valley, and defeat them near Leisa.
Unrest in Northumbria leads to King Æthelred I ordering the execution of three of his dukes. This considerably weakens his position (approximate date).
Saxon raiders destroy many churches deep in Frankish territory. The Benedictine monks of Fulda Abbey (modern-day Hesse) hurriedly carry the relics of Saint Boniface over the Rhön Mountains to safety.
In Japan, the Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple is founded in Kyoto. Its main hall (Hondo) is built in 1633 without a single nail.
Ali ibn al-Madini, Muslim scholar (d. 849)
Bernard, bishop of Vienne (d. 842)
Ermengarde of Hesbaye, queen of the Franks (d. 818)
Ishaq ibn Rahwayh, Muslim scholar and imam (or 777)
Li Gongzuo, Chinese writer (d. 848)
Li Shigu, general of the Tang Dynasty (d. 806)
Liu Gongquan, Chinese calligrapher (d. 865)
Louis the Pious, king of the Franks (d. 840)
Rotrude, daughter of Charlemagne (or 775)
Xian Zong, emperor of the Tang Dynasty (d. 820)
Zhaozhou, Chinese Zen Buddhist master (d. 897)
Áed Find, king of Dál Riata (Scotland)
Alpín II, king of the Picts
Berhthun, bishop of Lichfield (approximate date)
Congalach mac Conaing, king of South Brega (Ireland)
Eterscél mac Áeda, king of the Uí Cheinnselaig (Ireland)
Mac Flaithniadh, abbot of Clonfert (Ireland)
Niall Frossach, High King of Ireland
Sufyan al-Thawri, Muslim scholar and jurist (b. 716)
August 15 – Roland, Frankish military leader
Year 778 (DCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 778 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.