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Millennium: 1st millennium
553 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar553
Ab urbe condita1306
Armenian calendar2
Assyrian calendar5303
Balinese saka calendar474–475
Bengali calendar−40
Berber calendar1503
Buddhist calendar1097
Burmese calendar−85
Byzantine calendar6061–6062
Chinese calendar壬申年 (Water Monkey)
3249 or 3189
    — to —
癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
3250 or 3190
Coptic calendar269–270
Discordian calendar1719
Ethiopian calendar545–546
Hebrew calendar4313–4314
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat609–610
 - Shaka Samvat474–475
 - Kali Yuga3653–3654
Holocene calendar10553
Iranian calendar69 BP – 68 BP
Islamic calendar71 BH – 70 BH
Javanese calendar441–442
Julian calendar553
Korean calendar2886
Minguo calendar1359 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−915
Seleucid era864/865 AG
Thai solar calendar1095–1096
Tibetan calendar阳水猴年
(male Water-Monkey)
679 or 298 or −474
    — to —
(female Water-Rooster)
680 or 299 or −473

Year 553 (DLIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 553 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.


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  • Gothic War: Frankish invasion — Two Frankish-Alemanni dukes, brothers Lothair and Buccelin, cross the Alps from Germany with a force of 75,000 men, mostly Frankish infantry. In the Po Valley, they win an easy victory over a much smaller Byzantine force at Parma, and are joined by remnants of the Gothic armies, bringing the total strength of the invaders to about 90,000 men. Narses, gathering his forces as quickly as possible, marches north to harass the Franks, but is not strong enough to engage them in battle. In Samnium (Southern Italy) the brothers divide their forces: Lothaire goes down the east coast, then returns to the north, to winter in the Po Valley. Buccelin follows the west coast into Calabria, where he spends the winter — his army being seriously wasted by attrition and disease.


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