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Johannes Tzimiskes' coin (protected by God and the Virgin Mary)
The 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)
Ethiopian calendar 963/964
Buddhist calendar 1514/15 (southern Buddhism); 1513/14 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 61st (62nd) cycle

Year of the metal sheep辛未 ( at the beginning of the year metal horse 庚午)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 333/334 (turn of the year April)
Iranian calendar 349/350
Islamic calendar 360/361 (turn of the year 23/24 October)
Jewish calendar 4731/32 (September 22/23)
Coptic calendar 687/688
Malayalam calendar 146/147
Roman calendar 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)

Spanish era 1009
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1027/28 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events


Byzantine Empire / Eastern and Central Europe

Sketch for the siege of Dorostolon (from a chronicle of the Kievan Rus)
  • 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').
Triumphal procession in Constantinople 971; The imperial triumphal chariot with the image of the Blessed Mother drives in front of Emperor Tzimiskes, behind him rides the defeated Tsar Boris II, miniature in the Madrid illuminated manuscript of the Skylitzes
  • 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.

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