980s

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The 980s decade ran from January 1, 980, to December 31, 989.

Events

980

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Europe
England
Arabian Empire
Africa

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Religion

981

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Europe
Asia

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Exploration
Religion
Commerce

982

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Europe
  • Summer – Emperor Otto II (the Red) assembles an imperial expeditionary force at Taranto and proceeds along the gulf coast towards Calabria. In the meantime, Abu'l-Qasim (Kalbid emir of the Emirate of Sicily), declares a Holy War (jihad) against the Germans, but retreats his forces when he notice the unexpected strength of Otto's troops (not far from Rossano).
  • July 13 (or 14) – Battle of Stilo: Abu'l-Qasim is cornered by the imperial German forces led by Otto II at Cape Colonna (south of Crotone). After a violent clash, the German heavy cavalry destroys the Muslim centre, killing al-Qasim in the initial fighting. The Saracens hold together, draws Otto into a trap, encircling and defeating his forces (killing around 4,000 men).[3]
  • King Harald Bluetooth invades Norway, pillaging south-west Norway all the way to Stad, where he encounters Haakon Sigurdsson (the de facto ruler of Norway) and his army. He flees back to Denmark, ending the invasion.
Arabian Empire
China

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Exploration
Religion

983

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Europe
Arabian Empire
China

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Religion

984

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Europe
Japan
  • Fall – Emperor En'yū abdicates the throne in favor of his 16-year-old son Kazan after a 15-year reign. En'yū retires and becomes a Buddhist priest.

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Technology
Religion

985

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Europe
England
Asia

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Exploration
Religion

986

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Byzantine Empire
Europe
Arabian Empire
Asia

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Exploration
Literature

987

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Byzantine Empire
Europe
Africa

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Art

988

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Byzantine Empire
Europe
China

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Religion
Economy

989

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Byzantine Empire
Europe

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Religion
Art
Education
Astronomy