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This article is about the year 672. For the number, see 672 (number).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 6th century7th century8th century
Decades: 640s  650s  660s  – 670s –  680s  690s  700s
Years: 669 670 671672673 674 675
672 by topic
State leadersSovereign states
Birth and death categories
Establishment and disestablishment categories
672 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 672
Ab urbe condita 1425
Armenian calendar 121
Assyrian calendar 5422
Bengali calendar 79
Berber calendar 1622
Buddhist calendar 1216
Burmese calendar 34
Byzantine calendar 6180–6181
Chinese calendar 辛未(Metal Goat)
3368 or 3308
    — to —
壬申年 (Water Monkey)
3369 or 3309
Coptic calendar 388–389
Discordian calendar 1838
Ethiopian calendar 664–665
Hebrew calendar 4432–4433
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 728–729
 - Shaka Samvat 594–595
 - Kali Yuga 3773–3774
Holocene calendar 10672
Iranian calendar 50–51
Islamic calendar 51–53
Japanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar 672
Korean calendar 3005
Minguo calendar 1240 before ROC
Seleucid era 983/984 AG
Thai solar calendar 1214–1215
Pope Adeodatus II (672–676)

Year 672 (DCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 672 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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  • King Cenwalh of Wessex dies after a 31 year reign in which he has lost much of his territory to Welsh and Mercian forces. He is succeeded by his widow Seaxburh. His sub-kings divide Wessex amongst themselves (approximate date).


  • January 7 – Emperor Tenji dies after a 10-year reign in which he has given the Fujiwara clan its name. Following his death, there ensued a succession dispute between Tenji's 14 children (many by different mothers). He is succeeded by his favorite son Kōbun, age 23, who has been first accorded with the title Daijō-daijin.[1]
  • August 21 – Kōbun is deposed after 8 months during a brief but violent battle called the Jinshin War. He is succeeded by his uncle Ōama, who becomes the 40th emperor of Japan with support from the Fujiwara family. He takes the name Tenmu and begins a reign that will continue until 686.

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  1. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard (1959). "The Imperial House of Japan", p. 53