886 in history

Born in 886

Apr 16 Joscelin (bishop of Paris) or Gauzlin , Bishop of Paris and defender of the city against the Northmen , was, according to some authorities, the son of Rorgon I, count of Maine, according to others the natural son of the emperor Louis I.

Died in 886

Mar 9 Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi an astrologer, astronomer, and Islamic philosopher, thought to be the greatest astrologer of the Abbasid court in Baghdad. He was not a major innovator and as an astrologer he was not intellectually rigorous. Nevertheless, he wrote a number of practical manuals on astrology that profoundly influenced Muslim intellectual history and, through translations, that of western Europe and Byzantium
May 3 Wulgrin I of Angoulême the Count of Angoulême, Périgueux, and possible Saintonge from 866 to his death. His parents were Vulfard , Count of Flavigny, and Suzanne, who was a daughter of the Bego I, Count of Paris. His brother Hilduin the Young was the abbot of Saint-Denis. Ademar of Chabannes is the chief source on his active reign in preserving and moulding Angoulême
Aug 29 Basil I a Byzantine Emperor who reigned from 867 to 886. Born a simple peasant in the Byzantine theme of Macedonia, he rose in the Imperial court, and usurped the Imperial throne from Emperor Michael III. Despite his humble origins, he showed great ability in running the affairs of state, leading to a revival of Imperial power and a renaissance of Byzantine art. He was perceived by the Byzantines as one of their greatest emperors, and the dynasty he founded, the Macedonian , ruled over what is regarded as the most glorious and prosperous era of the Byzantine Empire