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Meeting of Otto I and Pope John XII.  (after a drawing from around 1450)
Otto I. is supported by Pope John XII. crowned emperor .
Alley in the Christian Quarter of Aleppo
The Byzantine Empire
recaptures Aleppo .
962 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 410/411 (July turn of the year)
Ethiopian calendar 954/955
Buddhist calendar 1505/06 (Southern Buddhism); 1504/05 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 60th (61st) cycle

Year of the Water Dog壬戌 ( at the beginning of the year Metal Rooster 辛酉)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 324/325 (New Year's April)
Iranian calendar 340/341
Islamic calendar 350/351 (New Year's Eve February 8th/9th)
Jewish calendar 4722/23 (September 1/2)
Coptic calendar 678/679
Malayalam calendar 137/138
Roman calendar ab urbe condita MDCCXV (1715)

Era of Diocletian : 678/679 (turn of the year November)

Seleucid era Babylon: 1272/73 (April turn of the year)

Syria: 1273/74 (October turn of the year)

Spanish era 1000
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese calendar) 1018/19 (New Year's April)


politics and world affairs

East Francia/Italy


Byzantine Empire/Emirate of Aleppo

Portrayal of Saif ad-Daula and his court in the Madrid illustrated manuscript of the Skylitzes
  • Easter: The Byzantine troops, who are on the advance against Emir Saif ad-Daula under the army commander Nikephoros Phocas , temporarily stop their operations for the Easter festival. This gives the Hamdanids an opportunity to retake control of the province of Cilicia , retake the city of Anazarbos and rebuild its fortifications. However, the undertaking remains incomplete, because Nikephoros' advancing subordinates force Saif to leave the region again in the autumn.
  • In return, the Byzantines capture the cities of Maraş , Sisium , Duluk and Manbij , thereby securing the western passes across the Taurus Mountains . Saif ad-Daula sends another army north as a diversion, but this is ignored by the Byzantines. Instead, the Byzantine general led his troops south, appearing outside Aleppo in mid-December . After defeating an improvised army outside the city walls, the Byzantines storm and sack the city. Around 10,000 residents, mostly young men, go into captivity.

Other events in Europe

Documentary first mentions



  • June/July: William of Dijon , Burgundian-Italian abbot, monastic reformer and architect († 1031)
  • 961/962: Odilo , abbot of Cluny († 1049)
  • around 962: Edward the Martyr , English king († 978)


Date of death secured

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Died around 962

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