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Millennium: 1st millennium
536 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar536
Ab urbe condita1289
Assyrian calendar5286
Balinese saka calendar457–458
Bengali calendar−57
Berber calendar1486
Buddhist calendar1080
Burmese calendar−102
Byzantine calendar6044–6045
Chinese calendar乙卯年 (Wood Rabbit)
3232 or 3172
    — to —
丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
3233 or 3173
Coptic calendar252–253
Discordian calendar1702
Ethiopian calendar528–529
Hebrew calendar4296–4297
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat592–593
 - Shaka Samvat457–458
 - Kali Yuga3636–3637
Holocene calendar10536
Iranian calendar86 BP – 85 BP
Islamic calendar89 BH – 88 BH
Javanese calendar423–424
Julian calendar536
Korean calendar2869
Minguo calendar1376 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−932
Seleucid era847/848 AG
Thai solar calendar1078–1079
Tibetan calendar阴木兔年
(female Wood-Rabbit)
662 or 281 or −491
    — to —
(male Fire-Dragon)
663 or 282 or −490

Year 536 (Roman numerals: DXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year after the Consulship of Belisarius. The denomination 536 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.

In 2018, medieval scholar Michael McCormick nominated 536 as "the worst year to be alive" because of the extreme weather events probably caused by a volcanic eruption early in the year, causing average temperatures in Europe and China to decline and resulting in crop failures and famine for well over a year.[1][2] Other researchers have noted additional adverse events during the year, including a mysterious fog, possibly due to the volcanic eruption.[3]


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  1. ^ a b c Gibbons, Ann (November 15, 2018). "Why 536 was 'the worst year to be alive". Science. AAAS. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Walsh, Bryan. "Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 wasn't the worst year ever – by a long shot". Axios.
  3. ^ Ciaccia, Chris (January 21, 2020). "Vikings may have predicted climate change on ancient stone carving". Fox News – via New York Post.
  4. ^ Bury (1958). pp. 143–144.
  5. ^ a b Massimiliano Vitiello (January 1, 2014). Theodahad: A Platonic King at the Collapse of Ostrogothic Italy. University of Toronto Press. pp. 157–160. ISBN 978-1-4426-4783-1.
  6. ^ a b Bury (1923). Vol. II, Ch. XVIII. pp. 174-180.
  7. ^ Bambury, Pádraig; Beechinor, Stephen (2000). "The Annals of Ulster" (Electronic ed.). Cork, Ireland: CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College Cork. pp. U536.3n. Failure of bread.
  8. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico I.VII.
  9. ^ Earl Philip Henry Stanhope Stanhope (1848). The Life of Belisarius. J. Murray. pp. 154–158.
  10. ^ Ochoa, George; Hoffman, Jennifer; Tin, Tina (2005). Climate: the force that shapes our world and the future of life on earth. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale. p. 71. ISBN 978-1-59486-288-5.
  11. ^ Pauline Allen (1981). Evagrius Scholasticus, the Church Historian. Peeters Publishers & Booksellers. p. 1.
  12. ^ J. B. Bury (January 1, 1958). History of the Later Roman Empire from the Death of Theodosius I. to the Death of Justinian. Courier Corporation. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-486-20399-7.
  13. ^ T. F. Lindsay (1949). Saint Benedict: His Life and Work. Burns, Oates. p. 102.