861 in history

Born in 861

Apr 6 Prudentius of Troyes bishop of Troyes, and a celebrated opponent of Hincmar of Reims in the controversy on predestination.

Died in 861

Dec 11 Al-Mutawakkil an Abbasid caliph who reigned in Samarra from 847 until 861. He succeeded his brother al-Wāthiq and is known for putting an end to the Mihna "ordeal", the Inquisition-like attempt by his predecessors to impose a single Mu'tazili version of Islam