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950 CE

World

  • The global population is estimated to be at 250 million.

Europe

  • Burgundy launches an invasion of Italy in an attempt to reassert the Bosonid's claims to the Italian throne. (ATL)
  • Because of the ongoing war between Burgundy and Italy, the Saracen pirates and Kalbids of Sicily begin invasions and raids of the Italian Peninsula. (Modified OTL)
  • Duke Boleslav I of Bohemia makes peace with Otto the Great.
  • Page with Joshua Leading the Israelites, from the Joshua Roll, is made in Constantinople. It is held in the Anaktoriká Apostolikí̱ Vivliothí̱ki̱.

Middle East

  • Sayf al-Dawla leads 30,000 men in a raid into Byzantine Anatolia. He defeats Bardas Phokas, but is then ambushed on his return and heavily defeated by Leo Phokas.

Asia

  • The Later Han Dynasty in China falls.
  • The T'ui Tonga Empire begins to form in the Pacific.


951 CE

Europe

  • After a series of succesfful Italian defences, Aleramo is defeated at Ivrea, allowing Burgundy to cross the Alps into the Po Valley. Furious, King of Italy Oberto I retires Aleramo from military service and divides his lands. The much more capable Arduin Glaber of Turin receives the Genoese portion of Ivrea, and Aleramo's son Otto is given the newly-founded March of Montferrat. Later, Oberto I and Arduin would give up western Liguria to Aleramo for compensation. (ATL)

Asia

  • Allat Singh, Maharana of Mewar, comes to power. 
  • The Later Zhou Dynasty is founded by Guo Wei in China.
  • The Chu State is absorbed by the Southern Tang Kingdom in China.
  • The Northern Han Kingdom is founded by Liu Min in northern China. 
  • Emperor Shizong of Liao successfully repels a Chinese invasion.


952 CE

Europe

  • After a series of victories against the Saracen pirates and Kalbids across Italy, even in aid of the Byzantine Empire in Calabria, Pope Agapetus II crowns King of Italy Oberto I as the next Holy Roman Empire. (ATL)
  • Burgundy renounces all claims to the Holy Roman throne after a series of devastating raids and the capture of Aosta threatened Burgundy. (ATL)
  • Hugh Capet of France marries Adelaide of Aquitaine.


953 CE

Europe

  • Liudolf, Duke of Swabia and Conrad the Red rebel against German King Otto I.
  • Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal appears, for the first time, as a Portuguese town under the name Villa Euracini.


954 CE

Europe

  • King Malcolm I of Scotland is killed in battle against the Highlanders. He is succeeded by Indulf I of Scotland.
  • Chateau Chinon is built by Theobald I of Blois.
  • On the death of Eric Bloodaxe, Edred becomes the first king of all England.
  • Principality of Seborga claims its independence. However, the HRE responds violently, destroying much of the town while not harming the nearby monastic community. (ATL)

955 CE

Europe

  • August 10th-Battle of Lechfeld: Otto the Great defeats the Hungarians, halting westward expansion and ending their threat to Western Europe.
  • Eadwig becomes King of England.
  • December 16 – Pope John XII succeeds Pope Agapetus II as the 130th pope. He may be as young as 18 on taking office.

Africa

  • Oran is destroyed by rebellious tribesmen.


956 CE

Africa

  • The Great Lighthouse of Alexandria is badly damaged by an earthquake.


957 CE

Europe

  • Princess Olga of Kiev converts to the Eastern Orthodox Church, the first ruler of Rus' to do so.

Asia

  • The Chandra Hindu Dynasty ends in Bengal, India.
  • Beginning of the Tenkoku Period and ending of the Tenryaku in Japan.


958 CE

Europe

  • The Byzantines attempt to invade Sicily, but are repelled at Messina. Kalbid forces retaliate by taking Reggio Calabria and heavily raiding the Calabrian countryside. (ATL)
  • Possible date for the foundation of the Marche dynasty in the County of La Marche, France.

Middle East

  • October/November-Battle of Raban: Sayfal-Dawla is defeated by the Byzantines lead by John I Tzimiskes.

Africa

  • The Fatimids under Gawhar al- Siqilli take the capital of the rebellious Kharjirite Banu Ya'la tribesmen, Ifghan. Over the next two years Gawhar becomes notable for retaking North Africa from the Ummayads.

Asia

  • King Kshemgupta of Kashmir dies, and is succeeded by his young son Abhimanyu. Didda, widow of the former and mother of the latter, becomes de facto ruler.
  • The Later Zhou Dynasty strikes at Liao Dynasty positions in the Sixteen Prefectures, but is defeated.


959 CE

Europe

  • October Ist- King Eadwig of England dies, and is succeeded by his brother Edgar, who effectively completes the unification of England when Northumbria finally submits to his rule.
  • Dunstan becomes Bishop of Worcester, London, and England.
  • Bruno I, Archbishop of Cologne, divides the German Duchy of Lorraine with his nephew. Frederick. 

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