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Millennium: 1st millennium
897 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 897
Ab urbe condita 1650
Armenian calendar 346
Assyrian calendar 5647
Balinese saka calendar 818–819
Bengali calendar 304
Berber calendar 1847
Buddhist calendar 1441
Burmese calendar 259
Byzantine calendar 6405–6406
Chinese calendar 丙辰(Fire Dragon)
3593 or 3533
    — to —
丁巳年 (Fire Snake)
3594 or 3534
Coptic calendar 613–614
Discordian calendar 2063
Ethiopian calendar 889–890
Hebrew calendar 4657–4658
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 953–954
 - Shaka Samvat 818–819
 - Kali Yuga 3997–3998
Holocene calendar 10897
Iranian calendar 275–276
Islamic calendar 283–284
Japanese calendar Kanpyō 9
Javanese calendar 795–796
Julian calendar 897
Korean calendar 3230
Minguo calendar 1015 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −571
Seleucid era 1208/1209 AG
Thai solar calendar 1439–1440
Tibetan calendar 阳火龙年
(male Fire-Dragon)
1023 or 642 or −130
    — to —
(female Fire-Snake)
1024 or 643 or −129

Year 897 (DCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.


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  • English warships (nine vessels from Alfred's new fleet) intercept six Viking longships in the mouth of an unknown estuary on the south coast (possibly at Poole Harbour) in Dorset. The Danes are blockaded, and three ships attempt to break through the English lines. Lashing the Viking boats to their own, the English crew board the enemy's vessels and kill everyone on board. Some ships manage to escape, two of the other three boats where driven against the Sussex coast. The shipwrecked sailors are brought before King Alfred the Great at Winchester and hanged. Just one Viking ship returns to East Anglia.[1]

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  • January – The Cadaver Synod: Lambert II orders Stephen VI to exhume the nine-month-old cadaver of former pope Formosus, to redress in papal robes and placed in a chair on trail at St. Peter's. Formosus is 'convicted' of several crimes, his fingers of consecration are cut off, and the body is stripped of his vestments.
  • August – Stephen VI is removed from office, imprisoned and strangled in his cell. He is succeeded by Romanus as the 114th pope of the Catholic Church.
  • December – Romanus is deposed and succeeded by Theodore II as the 115th pope of Rome, but dies twenty days later.




  1. ^ Paul Hill (2009). The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great, pp. 140–141. ISBN 978-1-59416-087-5.