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Year 856 (DCCCLVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.


Byzantine Empire

  • March 15 – Emperor Michael III overthrows the regency of his mother Theodora and the logothete Theoktistos. He appoints his uncle Bardas as the de facto regent and co-ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Europe

  • King Charles the Bald cedes the county of Maine to Erispoe, ruler (duke) of Brittany—this in return for an alliance against the Vikings.
  • King Ordoño I of Asturias is said to have begun the repopulation of the town of León in the northwest of Spain (approximate date).
  • Britain

  • October 1 – King Æthelwulf of Wessex marries the 12- or 13-year-old Judith, daughter of Charles the Bald, at Verberie (Northern France). She is crowned queen and anointed by Hincmar, archbishop of Reims. The marriage is a diplomatic alliance between Wessex and the West Frankish Kingdom.
  • Winter – Æthelwulf returns to Wessex to face a revolt by his eldest son Æthelbald, who usurps the throne. Æthelwulf agrees to give up the western part of his kingdom, in order to avoid a civil war. He keeps control over Sussex, Surrey, Essex and Kent, over which Prince Æthelberht has presided.
  • Geology

  • November – An earthquake in Corinth in Greece kills an estimated 45,000 people (approximate date).
  • December 22 – Another earthquake strikes Damghan (modern Iran), killing an estimated 200,000 people.
  • Births

  • Li Keyong, Shatuo governor (jiedushi) (d. 908)
  • Li Maozhen, Chinese warlord and king (d. 924)
  • Deaths

  • January 7 – Aldric, bishop of Le Mans
  • February 4 – Rabanus Maurus, archbishop of Mainz
  • August 16 – Theutbald I, bishop of Langres
  • Ali ibn Ismail, Muslim 7th Imam (b. 752)
  • Florinus of Remüs, Frankish priest and martyr
  • Fujiwara no Nagara, Japanese statesman (b. 802)
  • Godfrid Haraldsson, Viking chieftain (approximate date)
  • Guerin, Frankish nobleman (or 845)
  • Ilyas ibn Asad, Muslim emir (approximate date)
  • Muhammad I Abu 'l-Abbas, Muslim emir
  • References

    856 Wikipedia

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