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Millennium: 1st millennium
796 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar796
Ab urbe condita1549
Armenian calendar245
Assyrian calendar5546
Balinese saka calendar717–718
Bengali calendar203
Berber calendar1746
Buddhist calendar1340
Burmese calendar158
Byzantine calendar6304–6305
Chinese calendar乙亥年 (Wood Pig)
3493 or 3286
    — to —
丙子年 (Fire Rat)
3494 or 3287
Coptic calendar512–513
Discordian calendar1962
Ethiopian calendar788–789
Hebrew calendar4556–4557
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat852–853
 - Shaka Samvat717–718
 - Kali Yuga3896–3897
Holocene calendar10796
Iranian calendar174–175
Islamic calendar179–180
Japanese calendarEnryaku 15
Javanese calendar691–692
Julian calendar796
Korean calendar3129
Minguo calendar1116 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−672
Seleucid era1107/1108 AG
Thai solar calendar1338–1339
Tibetan calendar阴木猪年
(female Wood-Pig)
922 or 541 or −231
    — to —
(male Fire-Rat)
923 or 542 or −230
A coin depicting Offa of Mercia (757–796)

Year 796 (DCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar, the 796th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 796th year of the 1st millennium, the 96th year of the 8th century, and the 7th year of the 790s decade. The denomination 796 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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  • April 18 – King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered, probably at Corbridge, by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. Another rival, Torhtmund, slays Ealdred in revenge. Northumbria is plunged into chaos. The patrician Osbald is placed on the throne, but is deserted by his supporters after only 27 days. He flees from Lindisfarne to Pictland. Another faction brings back Æthelred I's old back-from-the-dead rival, Eardwulf, as the new king. He dismisses his wife and publicly takes a concubine. Eardwulf is alienated from Archbishop Eanbald of York.
  • King Offa of Mercia and Charlemagne seal a trading agreement, and a marriage alliance is proposed. However, Offa dies after a 39-year reign, that has incorporated Kent, Essex, Sussex, and East Anglia into the Mercian realm. Offa is buried at Bedford, and succeeded for a short time by his son Ecgfrith, and then a distant cousin, Coenwulf.
  • The Kingdom of Sussex again becomes independent from the Kingdom of Mercia following the death of King Offa.
  • Prince Eadberht Præn leaves the Church, returns to Kent and claims his throne. Eadwald proclaims himself king of East Anglia, but is later ousted by Coenwulf. Direct rule from Mercia is re-established.

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