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§Of World Interest

The estimated population of the World ranges between 220 and 224 million people.



Seventh year of the Heian period (794 CE to 1185 CE), the woman was the head of the household and the husband generally did not live with the family.

§Caribbean Sea


The Arawak people settle on the island of Barbados from South America. (approximate date)

§Pacific Ocean

§Easter Island

King Hoto Matua landed his double hulled canoe, thus beginning the occupation of Easter Island. (approximate date)

§New Zealand

The Māori started migrating to New Zealand. (approximate date)



Bantu-speaking people settle in present-day Zambia. (approximate date)



Around this time Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne, appointed Einhard, the biographer of Charlemagne, as abbot of both abbeys of Ghent.


The town of Shrewsbury, England is founded.


Celtic monks begin work on the Book of Kells on the Island of Iona.

§Vatican States

At the beginning of the ninth century A.D., with Rome long since crumbled, Constantinople was capitol of the leading Christian empire, the Rome of the East. But the Frankish king Charlemagne had built a new Western empire to eclipse it extending across much of modern-day Europe. With that achievement firmly in hand, he came to Rome and knelt during Christmas Mass at the shrine of St. Peter in the Vatican, where unexpectedly and dramatically, Pope Leo crowned him emperor. But perhaps it wasn't so unexpected:

Pope Leo III, having escaped from a murderous gang, made his way to Charlemagne, who escorted him back to Rome under royal protection. Charlemagne ? had delegating much of his time and effort to help Pope Leo regain respect after the scandal where he was accused of adultery and perjury. He was crowned Emperor of the Romans (he prefered the title "King of the Franks") by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day. This day is the only time in Papal history that a pope bows to an earthly king.

"So it was that Charlemagne came to rule as a second Constantine. ... The whole coronation, Charlemagne would later declare, had come as a surprise to him, a bolt from the blue. Indeed, 'he made it clear that he would not have entered the cathedral that day at all, although it was the very greatest of the festivals of the Church, if he had known in advance what the Pope was planning to do.' ...

"Yet still an aura of mystery lingered around the ceremony. Had Charlemagne truly been as ignorant of Leo's plans as he subsequently claimed to be, then it was all the more eerie a coincidence that he should have been in Rome, and in St. Peter's, on the very morning that he was. Eight hundred years had passed to the day since the birth of the Son of Man: an anniversary of which Charlemagne and his advisers would have been perfectly aware. Over the preceding decades, the great program of correctio had begun to embrace even the dimensions of time itself. Traditionally, just as popes had employed the regnal year of the emperor in Constantinople on their documents, so other churchmen had derived dates from a bewildering array of starting points: the accession of their local ruler, perhaps, or an ancient persecution, or, most extravagantly, the creation of the world.

"Such confusion, however, to scholars sponsored by the Frankish king, was intolerable. A universal Christian order, such as Charlemagne was laboring to raise, required a universal chronology. How fortunate it was, then, that the perfect solution had lain conveniently ready to hand. The years preceding Charlemagne's accession to the Frankish throne had witnessed a momentous intellectual revolution. Monks both in Francia itself and in the British Isles, looking to calibrate the mysterious complexities of time, had found themselves arriving at a framework that was as practical as it was profound. From whose accession date, if not that of some earthly emperor or king, were years to be numbered? The answer, once given, was obvious. Christ alone was the ruler of all mankind - and His reign had begun when He had first been born into the world. It was the Incarnation - that cosmos-shaking moment when the Divine had become flesh - that served as the pivot around which all of history turned. Where were the Christians who could possibly argue with that? Not at the Frankish court, to be sure. Clerics in Charlemagne's service had accordingly begun to measure dates from 'the year of our Lord' - 'anno Domini.' This measure of time was first published by Bede in 725 CE, just 75 years prior.

§Middle East


Charlemagne, enlarged Probus' hostel, founded in Jerusalem in 600 CE and added a library to it.


A region of North East Turkey along the Silk Road was probably dominated by Ashkenazic Jews. This region may have been their origin and the origin of the Yiddish language.

§North America

§United States

Mississippian culture

was a mound-building Native American culture that flourished in the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States from approximately 800 to 1500 A.D., varying regionally. The Mississippian peoples were technologically comparable to the European Chalcolithic tradition.

The Mississippian way of life began to develop in the Mississippi River Valley (for which it is named). Cultures in the Tennessee River Valley may have also begun to develop Mississippian characteristics at this point. Almost all dated Mississippian sites predate 1539 (when Hernando de Soto explored the area), and very few European artifacts have been discovered at Mississippian sites, indicating that this culture dates almost entirely before European contact.

§Chaco Canyon New Mexico

This is the approximate time of the founding of the culture at Pueblo Bonito. According to DNA research on inidividuals found buried there it appears that the culture practiced matrilineal inheritance. The culture there existed for the next 330 years to about 1130CE.


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