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Year 808 (DCCCVIII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • King Godfred of the Danes forms an alliance with the Wiltzi and other Slav tribes, against the pagan but pro-Frankish Abodrites. Godfred builds earthworks (Danevirke) across the isthmus of Schleswig-Holstein, separating Jutland from the northern extent of the Frankish Empire.
  • Viking Age: First Viking raid, by Danes against the Baltic coast. Godfred destroys the Slav settlement of Reric (near present-day Wismar), used as a strategic trade route. The population is displaced or abducted, to Hedeby (Denmark).
  • Emperor Charlemagne give orders to construct two new forts on the Elbe River, garrisoning them against future Slav incursions.
  • In Gharb al-Andalus (modern Portugal), Hazim ibn Wahb leads a rebellion against the Emirate of Córdoba.
  • Britain

  • Exiled king Eardwulf of Northumbria is able to return to his kingdom, with the support of Charlemagne and Pope Leo III. He ousts the usurper, King Ælfwald II.
  • Cadell ap Brochfael, king of Powys (modern Wales), dies after a 35-year reign, and is succeeded by his son Cyngen ap Cadell.
  • Finance

  • Jewish merchants in Lombardy open the first bank (or money repository) in Italy (approximate date).
  • Births

  • September 27 – Ninmyō, emperor of Japan (d. 850)
  • Emma of Altdorf, Frankish queen (or 803)
  • Gottschalk of Orbais, German monk and theologian (approximate date)
  • Kang Chengxun, general of the Tang Dynasty (approximate date)
  • Kim Yang, viceroy of Silla (Korea) (d. 857)
  • Walafrid Strabo, Frankish theological writer (approximate date)
  • Deaths

  • Ælfwald II, king of Northumbria (approximate date)
  • Al-Fadl ibn Yahya al-Barmaki, Muslim governor (b. 766)
  • Cadell ap Brochfael, king of Powys (Wales)
  • Du Huangchang, chancellor of the Tang Dynasty
  • Eanbald II, archbishop of York
  • Elipando, Spanish archbishop and theologian (approximate date)
  • Layman Pang, Chinese (Zen) Buddhist (b. 740)
  • References

    808 Wikipedia

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