Calendar overview 971
|Byzantine emperor Johannes Tzimiskes defeated the Kievan Rus under Svyatoslav I and conquered large parts of Bulgaria .|
|971 in other calendars|
|Armenian calendar||419/420 (turn of the year July)|
|Buddhist calendar||1514/15 (southern Buddhism); 1513/14 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )|
|Chinese calendar||61st (62nd) cycle|
|Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam)||333/334 (turn of the year April)|
|Islamic calendar||360/361 (turn of the year 23/24 October)|
|Jewish calendar||4731/32 (September 22/23)|
ab urbe condita MDCCXXIV (1724)
Diocletian's era : 687/688 (New Year November)
|Seleucid era||Babylon: 1281/82 (turn of the year April)
Syria: 1282/83 (turn of the year October)
|Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar)||1027/28 (turn of the year April)|
Politics and world events
- The Scottish King Culen is murdered in Lothian by Riderch, the sub-king of Strathclyde . This act is in revenge for the rape of Riderch's daughter by Culen and for the murder of his brother during a campaign with which Culen wanted to regain control of Strathclyde. Culen is the fourth consecutive Scottish king to be murdered . His distant cousin, Kenneth II , succeeds Scotland's throne. However, he is faced with competing claims from Culen's brother Amlaíb .
Byzantine Empire / Eastern and Central Europe
- Summer: The revolt of the Phocades against the usurper Johannes Tsimiskes in the Byzantine Empire is quickly put down. While his father Leon Phokas the Younger is blinded, Bardas Phokas the Younger has to surrender to the general Bardas Scleros in Pisidia . On the orders of the emperor he is shorn to become a monk and banished to Chios .
- Siege of Dorostolon : The Kievan Rus under Svyatoslav I suffer several defeats against the Byzantines under Emperor Johannes Tzimiskes in the eastern part of Bulgaria, which they recently conquered . In a peace treaty they must cede Bulgaria to Byzantium and commit them to return to the Kievan Rus. The Byzantine chronicler Leo Diaconus then wrote down his famous portrait of Svyatoslav ('blonde, blue-eyed, mustache, shaved hair except for two locks of hair').
- The Byzantine troops continue to advance into Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Tsar Boris II and his brother are captured and taken to Constantinople.
- Géza succeeds his father Taksony as Grand Duke of Hungary . He continues his father's efforts to Christianize his country.
First documentary mentions
- Mathilde , granddaughter of Emperor Otto I , becomes abbess of the Essen monastery . With her the heyday of the Essen monastery began.
- The Zhiti Buddhist Temple in China is built.
- April 30th : Adalbert II , Margrave of Ivrea and (co-) King of Italy (* around 936 )
- after June 29: Andregoto Galíndez , Countess of Aragón
- after July 24th: Kalokyres , Byzantine patrician and pretender to the throne
- 27 / October 28 : Ebrachar , bishop of Liege
- Abū l-Qāsim at-Tabarānī , Arabic hadith scholar (* 873 )
- Culen , King of Scotland
- Ziri ibn Manad , founder of the Zirid dynasty in the Maghreb