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Gold solidus of Constantine VII and Romanus II.
The Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII dies.
He is succeeded by his son Romanos II.
959 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 407/408 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 951/952
Buddhist calendar 1502/03 (southern Buddhism); 1501/02 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 60th (61st) cycle

Year of the Earth- Sheep 己未 ( at the beginning of the year Earth-Horse 戊午)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 321/322 (turn of the year April)
Iranian calendar 337/338
Islamic calendar 347/348 (turn of the year March 13/14)
Jewish calendar 4719/20 (September 5-6)
Coptic calendar 675/676
Malayalam calendar 134/135
Roman calendar ab urbe condita MDCCXII (1712)

Diocletian's era : 675/676 (New Year November)

Seleucid era Babylon: 1269/70 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1270/71 (turn of the year October)

Spanish era 997
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1015/16 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

Byzantine Empire

The alleged murder of Theophanos of Constantine VII, Madrid illuminated manuscript of the Skylitz
  • November 9th : After the death of his father Constantine VII , Romanos II becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire . Aristocratic circles at court suspect Anastaso, Romanos' wife, who comes from a humble background, of poisoning her father-in-law. As Empress, Anastaso takes the name Theophano .
  • Emperor Romanos II makes Leon Phokas supreme military leader in the west of the Byzantine Empire. Since his brother Nikephoros Phokas is already a military leader in the east, both top military positions are in the hands of the Phokas brothers.


Kingdom of England


First documentary mentions

  • First documentary mention of the place Auhausen
  • The Portuguese city of Felgueiras is first mentioned in a document.


Gernrode Collegiate Church
  • The foundation of the women's monastery St. Cyriacus zu Gernrode is carried out by the Margrave Gero . The collegiate church is being built as one of the most important Ottonian church buildings .



Date of death secured

Exact date of death unknown

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