The 9th and 10th Century

Can you guess these notable people, places, and things from the years 801–1000?
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Last updated: September 6, 2018
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Year
Description
Answer
996
This present-day country is named for the first time - as "Ostarrîchi"
Austria
982
Erik the Red settles on this island
Greenland
978
Construction begins on St. Mark's Basilica in this city
Venice
969
This African city is founded by the Fatimid general Jawhar
Cairo
961
The Byzantines reconquer this Mediterranean island
Crete
960
This "musical" Chinese dynasty is established
Song
958
This Danish king gains power... 1,039 years later, a wireless technology
would be named after him
Harald Bluetooth
944
This city becomes capital of the Khmer Empire
Angkor
878
This great Anglo-Saxon king defeats the heathen army at the Battle of Edington
Alfred the Great
874
Ingólfr Arnarson becomes the first person to settle on this island
(according to the sagas)
Iceland
850
The Abbasid Caliphate reaches its greatest extent. This city is its capital.
Baghdad
845
This city on the Seine is sacked by the Vikings
Paris
843
Kenneth MacAlpin I becomes the first king of this country
Scotland
829
This national animal of Wales appears for the first time
Welsh Dragon
820
This branch of equation-solving mathematics is invented by
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī
Algebra
814
This great Frankish ruler dies
Charlemagne
800s
This system, where vassals pay homage to lords, becomes
common in Western Europe
Feudalism
800s
This Mesoamerican society collapses. We're still trying to figure out why.
Classic Maya
800s
While looking for an elixir of immortality, Chinese alchemists invent this
mortality-causing substance
Gunpowder
800s
This number is "invented" in India
Zero
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2018
There's a typo in "basilica".
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2018
Otherwise, very enjoyable quiz, I liked the international mix of questions (without it becoming too obscure).
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Level ∞
Aug 4, 2018
Fixed the misspelling
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Level 74
Aug 4, 2018
Really enjoyable quiz - good mix of questions.

Would it be possible to change "alchemists discover" to "alchemists create," or something similar, though? I spent ages trying as many toxic elements, minerals, etc. as I could remember, on the basis that it was a naturally occurring substance.

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Level 67
Jan 17, 2021
Well it is a discovery when you mix some stuff together and realize it explodes.
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Level 84
Aug 4, 2018
OK, as long as you're fixing misspellings ... elixir! And I agree with the comment that the clue should read "invent this mortality-causing substance".
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Level 71
Aug 4, 2018
Have to agree with "invent". By "discover" I was trying to thinking of a drug that killed instead of prolonged life.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2018
Love the mix of questions. Makes me wonder what al gebra means :)
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Level 75
Aug 6, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_algebra#Etymology
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Level 83
Aug 16, 2018
Makes me wonder what go ogle means.
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Level 48
Sep 14, 2018
Move elsewhere to stare at in a lecherous or otherwise inappropriate manner.
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Level 62
Sep 13, 2018
The "musical" Chinese dynasty rhymes with "zone" and "bone"
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Level 73
Jan 16, 2021
Not really.
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Level 68
Sep 13, 2018
I kept thinking "king wifi?"
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Level 83
Sep 13, 2018
He displaced many peoples, quite the router.
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Level 73
Dec 17, 2018
it's so cool how the Danes could connect their smartphones so soon in history
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Level 48
Sep 14, 2018
This quiz could use maybe one more minute. I have some knowledge of this stuff, but the clues are long and the answers take a bit to remember.
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Level ∞
Jan 15, 2019
Added an extra minute
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Level 49
Jan 15, 2021
Mortality causing is not the first thing you think of in the Chinese clue, you think of something poisonous. It's what the substance is used with that causes death. Either way, it's a confusing clue-I tried all sorts of toxins and still got nothing.
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2021
I had no problem whatsoever
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Level 64
Jan 15, 2021
Harald Blåtand (in danish) doesn't work for Harald Bluetooth... Since the answer is the man and not the wireless technology, shouldn't his real name be accepted?
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Level 56
Jan 15, 2021
Classic Maya to just disappear. They do that all the time, right?
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Level 63
Jan 15, 2021
GUNPOWDER DOESN'T KILL PEOPLE !!! :-D
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
Let me guess, it's setting it alight that gets you
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Level 60
Jan 15, 2021
Right, and tobacco doesn't cause cancer, it's the thoracic diaphragm which cause cancer, because it's the one who inhales the smoke...
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
The "Song" dynasty! Very droll! I have to admit, I groaned...
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Level 67
Jan 15, 2021
*pheeeeeeeew* Finished with one second left. It was the question about St. Mark's basilica that I was stuck guessing on.
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Level 74
Jan 15, 2021
Tried wi-fi... didn't work. Eventually guessed bluetooth. Tried sing, sang, and sung. Never did guess song. Can't win 'em all.
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Level 73
Jan 16, 2021
Yay! got all of them!
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2021
Jetpunk has me so conditioned to completely ignore Greenland. That when it is the answer they are looking for it is absent from my memory.

poor Greenland...

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Level 65
Jan 19, 2021
The sagas discuss Ingolfur "discovering" Iceland as well as the Heimskringla and other contemporary documents. In addition, Ingolfur home has been dug up by archeologists. The sagas and other sources also discuss prior visitors and inhabitants to Iceland--Irish monks on the SE coast, Portuguese fisherman. I don't the Sagas comment is true or necessary.