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Heads of State · Nekrolog

Seal of Emperor Otto II, so-called 4th imperial seal
After the death of his father Otto I
, Otto II takes over the rule of the Holy Roman Empire .
973 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 421/422 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 965/966
Buddhist calendar 1516/17 (southern Buddhism); 1515/16 (alternative calculation according to Buddha's Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 61st (62nd) cycle

Year of the water tap癸酉 ( at the beginning of the year water monkey 壬申)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 335/336 (turn of the year April)
Iranian calendar 351/352
Islamic calendar 362/363 (turn of the year October 1st / 2nd)
Jewish calendar 4733/34 (August 31 / September 1)
Coptic calendar 689/690
Malayalam calendar 148/149
Roman calendar ab urbe condita MDCCXXVI (1726)

Diocletian's era : 689/690 (turn of the year November)

Seleucid era Babylon: 1283/84 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1284/85 (turn of the year October)

Spanish era 1011
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1029/30 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

East Franconian-German Empire

Certificate from Emperor Otto II about the donation of the Bamberg King Castle including accessories and the town of Stegaurach to Heinrich the Quarrel
  • June 27 : In order to create a balance with the younger line of descendants of the dynasty founder Heinrich I , Otto II gave his cousin, Duke Heinrich the Quarrel of Bavaria , the Ottonian royal castle of Bamberg and the town of Stegaurach with all accessories. Nevertheless, Heinrich tries in Bavaria to intensify the king's position granted to him by Otto I. and to expand his influence on Swabia. After the death of Bishop Ulrich von Augsburg on July 4th, Abbot Werner von Fulda, a confidante of Otto I and an important advisor to Otto II, is planned to be his successor. But Heinrich the quarrel and his brother-in-law Burchard III. von Swabia, without consulting Otto and under deception of the cathedral chapter, the elevation of Heinrich's cousin of the same name as the new bishop of Augsburg. Otto II subsequently approves this choice. On September 22nd, the new bishop Heinrich is invested in Bothfeld .
  • November 11 or 12 : After the death of Burchard of Swabia, his widow Hadwig sees herself as the heir to the power of the duke. But Otto disregards their claims and appoints his nephew Otto as his successor.

Other events in Europe

  • The Battle of Tourtour brings the decisive victory of Count William I of Provence over the Saracens . The Saracens were finally driven out of southern France through their defeat, and William I acquired the nickname of the liberators and the title of Pater patriae through his victory .
Edgar's Coin of England

First documentary mentions


  • The Fatimid caliph Abu Tamin al-Muizz had the new royal seat in Egypt, initially built as al-Mansuriyya ("the victorious"), renamed al-Qahira ("the strong") when he visited the city . That will be the name for the city of Cairo that is still valid today .




Date of death secured

Ulrich's grave of Augsburg

Exact date of death unknown

Died around 973

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