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Millennium: 1st millennium
997 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar997
Ab urbe condita1750
Armenian calendar446
Assyrian calendar5747
Balinese saka calendar918–919
Bengali calendar404
Berber calendar1947
Buddhist calendar1541
Burmese calendar359
Byzantine calendar6505–6506
Chinese calendar丙申年 (Fire Monkey)
3693 or 3633
    — to —
丁酉年 (Fire Rooster)
3694 or 3634
Coptic calendar713–714
Discordian calendar2163
Ethiopian calendar989–990
Hebrew calendar4757–4758
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1053–1054
 - Shaka Samvat918–919
 - Kali Yuga4097–4098
Holocene calendar10997
Iranian calendar375–376
Islamic calendar386–387
Japanese calendarChōtoku 3
Javanese calendar898–899
Julian calendar997
Korean calendar3330
Minguo calendar915 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−471
Seleucid era1308/1309 AG
Thai solar calendar1539–1540
Tibetan calendar阳火猴年
(male Fire-Monkey)
1123 or 742 or −30
    — to —
(female Fire-Rooster)
1124 or 743 or −29
The Bulgars are put to flight at the Battle of Spercheios (Chronicle of John Skylitzes).

Year 997 (CMXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.


By place[edit]


  • 1 February: Empress Teishi gives birth to Princess Shushi - she is the first child of the emperor, but because of the power struggle between Michinaga and Korechika, the empress is not allowed to go to the palace.
  • 18 May: The imperial court decides to pardon Korechika and Takaie, under the illness of Teishi.

Byzantine Empire[edit]



Central Asia[edit]


By topic[edit]


  • Spring – Pope Gregory V is exiled during a rebellion led by Crescentius II (the younger), patrician (the de facto ruler) of Rome. The Crescentii family appoints Giovanni Filagato (former tutor of Otto III) as an antipope under the name John XVI (or XVII), until 998.
  • April 23Adalbert, exiled bishop of Prague, organises a mission to convert the Old Prussians in north-east Poland. On his way, Adalbert is murdered by pagans on the Baltic coast. His body is bought back for its weight in gold by Duke Bolesław I (the Brave).[4]
  • The first documented reference of Gdańsk is made by Adalbert. During his mission he baptises the inhabitants of the city called Gyddannyzc.




  1. ^ Paul Stephenson (2003). The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-Slayer, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-81530-4.
  2. ^ Collins, Roger (1983). Early Medieval Spain, p. 199. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-22464-8.
  3. ^ Christine Schefte (June 20, 2012). "Hva husker du fra 1000-årsjubileet?" (in Norwegian). Adressa. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Richard Brzezinski (1990). History of Poland: The Piast Dynasty - Bolesław the Brave, p.16. ISBN 83-7212-019-6.

External links[edit]

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