|Covid-19|August 29 – Emperor Basil I (the Macedonian) dies from a fever, contracted after a hunting accident. He is succeeded by the 19-year-old Leo VI, a son of former emperor Michael III, as sole ruler (basileus) of the Byzantine Empire. After his coronation Leo reburies, with great ceremony, the remains of his father in the imperial mausoleum, within the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.
October – Siege of Paris: Count Odo slips through Viking-controlled territory, to ask King Charles the Fat for support. He returns with a relief force, and reaches safety within the walls. Charles arrives later with a large army, and establishes a camp at Montmartre. After negotiations he promises the Vikings tribute (Danegeld), and allows them to sail up the River Seine, to over-winter in Burgundy.
King Alfred the Great of Wessex recaptures London from the Danish Vikings, and renames it Lundenburh. Slightly upstream from London Bridge, he builds a small harbor called Queenhithe. Alfred hands the town over to his son-in-law Æthelred, lord of Mercia. A street system is planned out in the town, with boundaries of 1,100 yards from east to west, and around 330 yards from north to south.
December – Emperor Leo VI dismisses Patriarch Photius I, who has been his tutor, and replaces him with his own brother Stephen I.
The Glagolitic alphabet, devised by Cyril and Methodius, missionaries from Constantinople, is adopted in the Bulgarian Empire.
Boris I, ruler (khan) of the Bulgarian Empire, establishes the Preslav and Ohrid Literary Schools.
Ibn Muqlah, Muslim official and vizier (or 885)
Ōnakatomi no Yorimoto, Japanese poet (approximate date)
Yang Wo, emperor of Wu (Ten Kingdoms) (d. 908)
March 9 – Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi, Muslim scholar and astrologer (b. 787)
August 29 – Basil I, emperor of the Byzantine Empire (b. 811)
Adalbert I, Frankish margrave (approximate date)
Airemón mac Áedo, king of Ulaid (Ireland)
Bernard Plantapilosa, Frankish nobleman (b. 841)
Deorlaf, bishop of Hereford (approximate date)
Fiachnae mac Ainbítha, king of Ulaid
Gao Renhou, Chinese general
Henry of Franconia, Frankish general
Heongang, king of Silla (Korea)
Hugh, archbishop of Cologne
Joscelin, archbishop of Paris
Li Quanzhong, Chinese warlord
Li Sigong, Chinese warlord (approximate date)
Lu Yanhong, Chinese warlord
Min Xu, governor of the Tang Dynasty
Muhammad I, Muslim emir of Córdoba (b. 823)
Robert I, Frankish nobleman
Wang Xu, Chinese warlord
Wulgrin I, Frankish nobleman
Zhuge Shuang, Chinese general
Year 886 (DCCCLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar.