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Millennium: 1st millennium
756 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 756
Ab urbe condita 1509
Armenian calendar 205
Assyrian calendar 5506
Balinese saka calendar 677–678
Bengali calendar 163
Berber calendar 1706
Buddhist calendar 1300
Burmese calendar 118
Byzantine calendar 6264–6265
Chinese calendar 乙未(Wood Goat)
3452 or 3392
    — to —
丙申年 (Fire Monkey)
3453 or 3393
Coptic calendar 472–473
Discordian calendar 1922
Ethiopian calendar 748–749
Hebrew calendar 4516–4517
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 812–813
 - Shaka Samvat 677–678
 - Kali Yuga 3856–3857
Holocene calendar 10756
Iranian calendar 134–135
Islamic calendar 138–139
Japanese calendar Tenpyō-shōhō 8
Javanese calendar 650–651
Julian calendar 756
Korean calendar 3089
Minguo calendar 1156 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −712
Seleucid era 1067/1068 AG
Thai solar calendar 1298–1299
Tibetan calendar 阴木羊年
(female Wood-Goat)
882 or 501 or −271
    — to —
(male Fire-Monkey)
883 or 502 or −270

Year 756 (DCCLVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 756 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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Byzantine Empire[edit]



Abbasid Caliphate[edit]

  • Ibn al-Muqaffa', Muslim writer and thinker, is tortured at Basra (modern Iraq), on orders from Caliph al-Mansur. His limbs are severed and he is thrown, still alive, into a burning oven (approximate date).


  • January – An Lushan Rebellion: The Chinese eastern capital of Luoyang falls to the 200,000 army of the rebel general An Lushan, who defeats loyalist forces under Feng Changqing. The rebels cross the Yellow River, and march on to capture the cities Chenliu and Yingyang (modern Zhengzhou, Henan).
  • Battle of Yongqiu: A Tang garrison (2,000 men), under Zhang Xun, successfully defends their fortress against the rebel army at Yongqiu. Zang achieves a victory after a 4-month siege, and prevents the rebels from capturing the fertile Tang territory south of the Huai River.
  • February 5 – An Lushan declares himself emperor at Luoyang, establishing a new empire, called the Great Yan. He pushes on towards the primary Tang capital at Chang'an (now Xi'an). An decides to seize southern China, to cut off loyalist reinforcements. Meanwhile, numerous soldiers join the rebellion.
  • May – Emperor Xuan Zong hires 4,000 Muslim mercenaries to help defend Chang'an against the rebels. Loyalist forces take defensible positions in the mountain passes, but chancellor Yang Guozhong give orders to leave their posts. An Lushan crushes the Tang troops, leaving the capital wide open.
  • July 14 – Xuan Zong flees (along with the imperial court) the capital of Chang'an for Sichuan, as rebel forces advance through the Tongguan Pass toward the city. Meanwhile, An Lushan is ailing, perhaps with diabetes. He is nearly blind and suffers from extreme irascibility.
  • July 15 – Xuan Zong is ordered by his Imperial Guards to execute Yang Guozhong, by forcing him to commit suicide or face a mutiny. He permits his consort Yang Guifei to be strangled by his chief eunuch. An Lushan has also other members of the emperor's family killed.
  • August 12 – Xuan Zong abdicates the throne after a 44-year reign. He is succeeded by his son Su Zong, as emperor of the Tang Dynasty. He hires 22,000 Muslim mercenaries to reinforce his decimated army at Lingzhou.





  1. ^ Runciman S., A History of the First Bulgarian Empire, London G.Bell & Sons, 1930, pp. 37, 289.