|Covid-19|Saxon Wars: King Charlemagne assembles an Frankish army at Düren, crosses the Rhine at the modern town of Wesel, and defeats the Saxons in battle near Bocholt (North Rhine-Westphalia). All the main Westphalian leaders are captured, except Widukind. Charlemagne crosses the Weser, Oker and Ohre rivers into Eastphalian territory, where local leaders submit to Frankish rule and hand over hostages. Widukind remains in northern Saxony, and relies on guerrilla warfare.
Battle of Bensington: King Offa of Mercia defeats his rival Cynewulf of Wessex at Bensington (modern-day Oxfordshire). He seizes control of Berkshire, and probably London as well. According to sources of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Offa becomes "King of All England". Charlemagne writes a letter to him as "his dearest brother", but when Offa refuses to let one of Charlemagne's sons marry one of his daughters, Charlemagne threatens to close the ports to English traders.
King Aethelred I of Northumbria is deposed by Prince Ælfwald, son of the late king Oswulf, who takes the throne as Ælfwald I.
June 12 - In China, De Zong (personal name Li Kuo) succeeds his father Dai Zong, as emperor of the Tang Dynasty.
March, days unknown - In Silla, There were Mag. 6.7~7.0 earthquake with the maximum speculated intensity of IX in Gyeongju City. More than 100 people died by this earthquake.
Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (approximate date)
Ibrahim ibn al-Mahdi, Muslim prince (d. 839)
Jia Dao, Chinese poet and Buddhist monk (d. 843)
Yuan Zhen, politician of the Tang Dynasty (d. 831)
May 23 – Dai Zong, emperor of the Tang Dynasty (b. 727)
December 17 – Sturm, abbot of Fulda
Æthelred I, king of East Anglia (approximate date)
Fujiwara no Momokawa, Japanese statesman (b. 732)
Gerard I, Frankisch count
Walpurga, Anglo-Saxon abbess (or 777)
Year 779 (DCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 779 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.