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This article is about the year 874. For the number, see 874 (number).
|Centuries:||8th century – 9th century – 10th century|
|Decades:||840s 850s 860s – 870s – 880s 890s 900s|
|Years:||871 872 873 – 874 – 875 876 877|
|874 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishment and disestablishment categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||1627|
|Chinese calendar||癸巳年 (Water Snake)
3570 or 3510
— to —
甲午年 (Wood Horse)
3571 or 3511
|- Vikram Samvat||930–931|
|- Shaka Samvat||795–796|
|- Kali Yuga||3974–3975|
|Japanese calendar||Jōgan 16
|Minguo calendar||1038 before ROC
|Seleucid era||1185/1186 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1416–1417|
- Salomon, duke ('king') of Brittany, is murdered by a faction which includes his son-in-law Pascweten and Gurvand, son-in-law of late ruler Erispoe. After Salomon's death they divide the country and co-ruling Brittany.
- Svatopluk I, ruler (knyaz) of Great Moravia, concludes a peace treaty at Forchheim (Northern Bavaria). He is able to expand his territories outside the Frankish sphere and subjugates the Vistulans.
- Ingólfr Arnarson arrives from Norway as the first permanent Viking settler in Iceland. He builds his homestead and founds Reykjavík. The settlement of Iceland begins (approximate date).
- The Danish Vikings drive from their base at Repton king Burgred of Mercia into exile and sack Tamworth. They conquer his kingdom and install his political opponent, Ceolwulf II as sub-king.
- Autumn – The Great Heathen Army splits into two bands, Halfdan returns with his forces to Northumbria, along with his brother Ubba, where he establishes a new base on the River Tyne.
- Amlaíb Conung, first Norse 'king' of Dublin, is killed in Scotland on a campaign against his rival Constantin I (approximate date).
- November – Frost begins in Scotland and lasts until April 875.
- Huang Chao, a salt privateer, joints forces with Wang Xianzhi to raise an rebel army at Changyuan (modern Xinxiang). The uprising weakens the Tang Dynasty further which is caused by natural disasters—such as severe droughts and floods.
- March 13 – The remains of Saint Nikephorus I are interred in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.
- The monastery of Sevanavank is founded, located on the shore of Lake Sevan (Armenia).
- Abu al-Hasan al-Ash'ari, Muslim scholar (d. 936)
- Edward the Elder, king of Wessex (approximate date)
- Constantine II, king of Scotland (approximate date)
- Liu Yin, governor (jiedushi) of Southern Han (d. 911)
- Lothar II, Frankish nobleman (d. 929)
- May 10 – Meng Zhixiang, general of Later Tang (d. 934)
- Wang Shifan, Chinese warlord (d. 908)
- December 16 – Ado, archbishop of Vienne
- August 15 – Altfrid, bishop of Hildesheim
- Amlaíb Conung, Viking leader (approximate date)
- Bayazid Bastami, Persian Sufi (approximate date)
- Han Yunzhong, general of the Tang Dynasty (b. 814)
- January 4 – Hasan al-Askari, 11th Shia Imam (b. 846)
- Liu Zhan, chancellor of the Tang Dynasty
- Lu Yan, chancellor of the Tang Dynasty (b. 829)
- Pei Tan, chancellor of the Tang Dynasty
- Salomon, duke ('king') of Brittany
- Unruoch III, margrave of Friuli
- Yahya II, Muslim sultan