939 in history

939 events chronologically

Aug 5 The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Cordoba
Oct 27 Æthelstan, the first King of England, died and was succeeded by his half-brother, Edmund I

Born in 939

Nov 20 Emperor Taizong of Song the 2nd emperor of imperial China's Song Dynasty, reigning from 976 until his death. He succeeded his elder brother Emperor Taizu

Died in 939

Jul 13 Pope Leo VII Pope from 3 January 936 to his death in 939. He was preceded by Pope John XI and followed by Pope Stephen VIII. Leo VII's election to the papacy was secured by Alberic II of Spoleto, the ruler of Rome at the time. Alberic wanted to choose the pope so that the papacy would continue to yield to his authority. Leo was the priest of the church of Sixtus in Rome, thought to be a Benedictine monk. He had little ambition towards the papacy, but consented under pressure
Oct 2 Gilbert Duke of Lorraine the duke of Lotharingia until 939.
Oct 27 Æthelstan King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 to 927 and King of the English from 927 to 939. He was the son of King Edward the Elder and his first wife, Ecgwynn. Modern historians regard him as the first King of England and one of the greatest Anglo-Saxon kings. He never married, and was succeeded by his half-brother, Edmund