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August 15, 778 AD in History

Day of the Week: Friday

Events in History

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

Deaths in History

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