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Year 690
690
(DCXC ) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar
Julian calendar
. The denomination 690
690
for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini
Anno Domini
calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.

EVENTS

BY PLACE

Britain

* King Oswine of Kent is toppled by Wihtred , brother of the late king Eadric of Kent , after a 2-year reign. He takes his lands north of the River Thames
River Thames
, in revenge against the East Saxons (approximate date).

Asia

* October 16 Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian
ascends to the throne of the Tang Dynasty , and proclaims herself ruler of the Chinese Empire as "Holy and Divine Emperor". She becomes the first and only female "emperor" in 5,000 years of Chinese history
Chinese history
. Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian
changes the dynasty's name to the Zhou Dynasty , and begins to murder throne pretendants and ministers who try to oppose her. During her reign she elevates the status of Buddhism above Taoism
Taoism
.

BY TOPIC

Entertainment

* The approximate date of the earliest known blindfold chess , played by Sa\'id ibn Jubayr

Religion

* Willibrord
Willibrord
, Anglo-Saxon missionary , travels from York
York
with 12 Benedictine monks to Westkapelle ,(modern Netherlands
Netherlands
) to Christianize the pagan Frisians
Frisians
. * September 19 Theodore of Tarsus
Theodore of Tarsus
, age 88, dies at Canterbury
Canterbury
. He is succeeded by Berhtwald as the 9th Archbishop of Canterbury (approximate date).

BIRTHS

* Ashot III , Armenian prince (approximate date) * Rhodri Molwynog ap Idwal , king of Gwynedd (approximate date)

DEATHS

* Aimé , Swiss bishop and saint * Amalberga of Maubeuge , Lotharingian saint (approximate date) * Benedict Biscop
Benedict Biscop
, Anglo-Saxon abbot * Bertha of Val d\'Or , Frankish abbess (approximate date) * Julian , archbishop of Toledo (b. 642 ) * Kusaila , Berber leader (approximate date) * Landrada , Frankish abbess (approximate date) * Nukata , Japanese poet (b. c. 630 ) * Oswine , king of Kent (approximate date) * September 19 Theodore of Tarsus
Theodore of Tarsus
, Archbishop of Canterbury
Canterbury
(b. 602 )

REFERENCES

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