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Tenth Century History

900 Vikings discover Greenland.

906 Annam (central Vietnam) attains independence from China.

912 Vikings and their leader, Rolo, become Christians.

925 First dyers guild established.

927 Prince Caslav Klonimirovic drives out Bulgarians, uniting (what today is) Serbia, Montenegro, Herzegovina and Bosnia to found Serbia. Orthodox Christianity is introduced as the state religion.

950 Córdoba, Spain is Europe’s intellectual center. The Muslim city boasts medical schools, modern libraries and a paper trade. Card playing invented by Chinese harem women.

960 Mieczyslaw I becomes first ruler of Poland.

962 Mieszko founds the Piast Dynasty in Poland, convert to Christianity. Eric the Red’s family moves to Iceland from Norway.

969 Earliest recorded mention of playing cards, found in China. Cairo, Egypt, found by Fatimid Dynasty Shiite Muslims.

975 Arabs introduce modern arithmetical notation to Europeans, making calculations easier than Roman numerals.

976 The first recorded use of the zero in Europe. Austria founded when Holy Roman Emperor Otto II gives a margravate to the Franconian count Leopold (Liutpold).

982 Eric the Red, expelled from Iceland for murder, establishes Viking colony in Greenland. 700 people followed him but only 14 of the 25 ships reach the island.

987 Hugh Capet is elected King of France. (The Capetian dynasty rules until 1328)

988 Grand Duke Vladimir of Kiev converts to Christianity, takes the name Basil in honor of the Emperor of Constantinople, marries the Emperor’s sister, Anna, and begins a general conversion of Russia.

990 Musical notation systematised.

995 Anglo-Saxon (Early Roots of English Language) Translations of The New Testament Produced.

999 Europeans fear of the end of the world.

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