On This Day

What Happened in 778 AD

Historical Events

  • Aug 15 Battle of Roncevaux Pass: Roland, commander of the rearguard of Charlemagne's army is defeated by the Basques

Famous People Born in 778 AD

  • Apr 16 Louis I the Pious, Holy Roman Emperor (814-840), born in Poitiers, Aquitaine (d. 840)

Famous People Who Died in 778 AD

  • Aug 15 Roland, Frankish commander, whose death at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass would become basis of 11th Century epic poem "The Song of Roland"