7.21.2008

What happened 1,000 years ago?
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1008 was a quiet year. The answer is: not much.

However, politically, the following personages held sway:

- Ichijo (986-1011) was emperor of Japan
- Zhen Zong was Emperor of China (997-1022)
- Mahmud was sultan of Ghazni (986-1030): Afghanistan, some of Pak., India, and Iran
- Al-Qadir was Caliph in Baghdad (996-1025)
- Basil II the Bulgar-Slayer was Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople (976-1025)
- Samuel was Tzar of Bulgaria (976-1014)
- Sven I Fork-beard was King of Denmark and Norway (985-1014)
- Ethelred II was King of England (978-1013)
- Robert II was King of France (996-1031)
- Henry II (1002-1024) was Holy Roman Emperor and King of Italy
- Stephen I was King of Hungary (997-1038)
- Brian (Boru) was High King of Ireland (1002-1014)
- Malcolm II was King of Scots (1005-1034)
- Hisham II was Emir of Cordoba, Spain (978-1008)
- Olaf was King of Sweden (995-1022)
- Tariq al-Hakim was ruler of Egypt & Levant (996-1021)
- Vladimir I (980-1015) was Grand Duke of Kiev

In 12 years, the thermometer would be invented by Avicenna.

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