1066 is a common year in the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. It is the 66th year of the 11th century and the 2nd millennium. The year is considered by many historians to be a turning point in history due to various events (see below), particularly the Battle of Hastings and ensuing Norman conquest of England, with years prior to 1066 being the late Dark Ages and years after 1066 being the Middle Ages. [cite web | title = The What-ifs of 1066 | work = Dan Carlin's Hardcore History | url = http://dancarlin.libsyn.com/media/dancarlin/The_What_Ifs_Of_1066.mp3 | date = 2007-03-13, but also cite journal |last=Bates |first=David |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=2005 |month= |title=1066: Does the Date Still Matter? |journal=Historical Research |volume=78 |issue=202 |pages=443–464 |doi=10.1111/j.1468-2281.2005.00355.x |url= |accessdate= |quote= ] This was the last successful hostile invasion of Great Britain.


*January 5Edward the Confessor dies. The Witan proclaims Harold Godwinson King.
*January 6Harold II is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
*March 20 - Halley's Comet reaches perihelion, it is subsequently recorded in the Bayeux Tapestry.
*September 20Battle of Fulford: King Harald III of Norway (Harold Hardrada) defeats the northern English earls Edwin and Morcar.
*September 25Battle of Stamford Bridge: King King Harold II of England defeats the Norwegians under Harald Hardrada.
*September 28Duke William of Normandy, lands in England at Pevensey.
*October 14Battle of Hastings, fought between King Harold II of England and Duke William of Normandy: Harold is killed and William is victorious. In England this is the traditional end of the Dark Ages and the start of the Middle Ages.
*December 25 — Duke William of Normandy, is crowned King William I of England.
*Magnus II is crowned King of Norway.
*The first black Africans in modern-day Gambia convert to Islam.
*December 30 - Granada massacre: A Muslim mob storms the royal palace in Granada, crucifies Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacres most of the Jewish population of the city.
*Shen Kuo receives a post in the capital.
*Hedeby is destroyed by a Slavic army.
*Sima Guang completes the compilation of a large dictionary, an important work of Chinese lexicography.


*January 5 — King Edward the Confessor of England
*September 25 — Killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge:
**King Harald III of Norway (Harald Hardrada) (b. 1015),
**Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria, brother of King Harold
*October 14 — Killed at the Battle of Hastings:
**King Harold II of England,
**Leofwine Godwinson, brother of King Harold
**Gyrth Godwinson, brother of King Harold
*November 11 - Bishop of Mecklenburg Johannes Scotus (b. approx. 990) — sacrificed to Radegast
*Ibn Butlan, Baghdad physician
*Imam Bayhaqi Eminent Scholar of Islamic Faith.


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