785 in history

Born in 785

Feb 8 Emperor Saga the 52nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Saga's reign spanned the years from 809 through 823

Died in 785

Aug 4 Al-Mahdi the third Abbasid Caliph who reigned from 158 AH to 169 He succeeded his father, al-Mansur.
Oct 5 Ōtomo no Yakamochi a Japanese statesman and waka poet in the Nara period. He is a member of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals. He was born into the prestigious Ōtomo clan; his grandfather was Ōtomo no Amaro and his father was Ōtomo no Tabito. Ōtomo no Kakimochi was his younger brother, and Ōtomo no Sakanoe no Iratsume his aunt. His granduncle is possibly Ōtomo no Komaro who came to Japan in the time of Empress Jitō