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|Ab urbe condita||1532|
|Balinese saka calendar||700–701|
|Chinese calendar||戊午年 (Earth Horse)|
3475 or 3415
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己未年 (Earth Goat)
3476 or 3416
|- Vikram Samvat||835–836|
|- Shaka Samvat||700–701|
|- Kali Yuga||3879–3880|
|Japanese calendar||Hōki 10|
|Minguo calendar||1133 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||1090/1091 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1321–1322|
905 or 524 or −248
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906 or 525 or −247
Year 779 (DCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar. The denomination 779 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.
- Saxon Wars: King Charlemagne assembles a Frankish army at Düren, crosses the Rhine at the modern town of Wesel, and defeats the Saxons in battle near Bocholt (North Rhine-Westphalia). All the main Westphalian leaders are captured, except Widukind. Charlemagne crosses the Weser, Oker and Ohre rivers into Eastphalian territory, where local leaders submit to Frankish rule and hand over hostages. Widukind remains in northern Saxony, and relies on guerrilla warfare.
- Battle of Bensington: King Offa of Mercia defeats his rival Cynewulf of Wessex at Bensington (modern-day Oxfordshire). He seizes control of Berkshire, and probably London as well. According to sources of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Offa becomes "King of All England". Charlemagne writes a letter to him as "his dearest brother", but when Offa refuses to let one of Charlemagne's sons marry one of his daughters, Charlemagne threatens to close the ports to English traders.
- June 12 - In China, De Zong (personal name Li Kuo) succeeds his father Dai Zong, as emperor of the Tang Dynasty.
- March, days unknown - An earthquake in Silla with a magnitude of 6.7–7.0 on the Richter scale kills more than 100 people.
- Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (approximate date)
- Ibrahim ibn al-Mahdi, Muslim prince (d. 839)
- Jia Dao, Chinese poet and Buddhist monk (d. 843)
- Yuan Zhen, politician of the Tang Dynasty (d. 831)
- June 10 – Dai Zong, emperor of the Tang Dynasty (b. 727)
- December 17 – Sturm, abbot of Fulda
- Æthelred I, king of East Anglia (approximate date)
- Fujiwara no Momokawa, Japanese statesman (b. 732)
- Gerard I, Frankish count
- Walpurga, Anglo-Saxon abbess (or 777)