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Heads of State · Nekrolog

Almansor's campaigns and “raids” on Christian territory, green: Caliphate of Córdoba, dark green: conquests of Almansor, beige: Christian kingdoms
The Moors under Almansor conquer and destroy Zamora .
981 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 429/430 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 973/974
Buddhist calendar 1524/25 (southern Buddhism); 1523/24 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 61st (62nd) cycle

Year of the Metal Snake辛巳 ( at the beginning of the year Metal Dragon 庚辰)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 343/344 (turn of the year April)
Iranian calendar 359/360 (turn of the year March)
Islamic calendar 370/371 (turn of the year 6/7 July)
Jewish calendar 4741/42 (September 2/3)
Coptic calendar 697/698
Malayalam calendar 156/157
Roman calendar ab urbe condita MDCCXXXIV (1734)

Diocletian's era : 697/698 (turn of the year November)

Seleucid era Babylon: 1291/92 (April)

Syria: 1292/93 (October)

Spanish era 1019
Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1037/38 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

East Franconian-German Empire / Italy

Iberian Peninsula


East asia

  • August 13 : After Gyeongjong's death, his cousin Seongjong succeeds him to the throne of the Korean kingdom of Goryeo . He inherits neglected state business and a failed state reform, which is why he relies on the perspective of Confucian scholars after taking office. Under Seongjong, state officials are sent to the provinces for the first time to head the local administration. He thereby contributes to the installation of a functioning system of local administration. He also tries to involve as many people of the local upper class as possible in the aristocracy of the seat of government and to educate their children and attentively observes the opinions and positions of his aristocratic officials, who are very familiar with Chinese knowledge. King Seongjong lays the foundation for a functioning aristocratic order in the Goryeo empire.

First documentary mentions




  • around 981: Vladivoj , Prince of Poland, Duke of Bohemia († 1003 )


Date of death secured

Adalbert of Magdeburg

Exact date of death unknown

Died around 981

  • Burkhard , Margrave of the Ostmark (* after 926)

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