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Millennium: 1st millennium
774 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 774
Ab urbe condita 1527
Armenian calendar 223
Assyrian calendar 5524
Balinese saka calendar 695–696
Bengali calendar 181
Berber calendar 1724
Buddhist calendar 1318
Burmese calendar 136
Byzantine calendar 6282–6283
Chinese calendar 癸丑(Water Ox)
3470 or 3410
    — to —
甲寅年 (Wood Tiger)
3471 or 3411
Coptic calendar 490–491
Discordian calendar 1940
Ethiopian calendar 766–767
Hebrew calendar 4534–4535
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 830–831
 - Shaka Samvat 695–696
 - Kali Yuga 3874–3875
Holocene calendar 10774
Iranian calendar 152–153
Islamic calendar 157–158
Japanese calendar Hōki 5
Javanese calendar 669–670
Julian calendar 774
Korean calendar 3107
Minguo calendar 1138 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −694
Seleucid era 1085/1086 AG
Thai solar calendar 1316–1317
Tibetan calendar 阴水牛年
(female Water-Ox)
900 or 519 or −253
    — to —
(male Wood-Tiger)
901 or 520 or −252

Year 774 (DCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 774 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]

  • Battle of Berzitia: The Bulgarian ruler (khagan) Telerig sends a small raiding army (12,000 men) to strike into the southwest of Macedonia, and capture Berzitia. Emperor Constantine V is informed about this raid by his spies in Pliska, and assembles an enormous force (80,000 men). He surprises the Bulgarians, who did not expect to find a Byzantine army there, and defeats them with heavy losses.
  • Telerig sends a message to Constantine V, stating that he is going to flee in exile to Constantinople. In exchange, he asks the emperor to reveal the spies to his associates in Pliska for their own safety. Constantine sends the Bulgarian government a list of the spies; however, Telerig executes them all, and eliminates the Byzantine spy network within his government.[1]



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  • A 1.2% growth of carbon-14 concentration recorded in tree rings suggests that a very strong solar storm may have hit the earth in either 774 or 775. A team of german scientists believes it was instead caused by a gamma ray burst, which thankfully took place far away enough from the Sun to spare the earth's biosphere and not trigger a mass extinction event.[3]




  1. ^ John V.A. Fine, Jr. (1991). The Early Medieval Balkans: "A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century", p. 77. ISBN 978-0-472-08149-3
  2. ^ David Nicolle (2014). The Conquest of Saxony AD 782–785, p. 14. ISBN 978-1-78200-825-5
  3. ^ Richard A. Lovett, "Mysterious radiation burst recorded in tree rings", Nature, 3 June 2012 doi:10.1038/nature.2012.10768