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778 AD in History

Events in History

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
Holy Roman Emperor

Birthdays in History

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

Deaths in History

  • 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"