A Moment in Time: 8th Century A.D.
(The Dark Ages? Hardly.)
ca. 700 The Wari Empire, which would last four times longer than the later Inca Empire, invades Peru's Cuzco Valley and begins wresting influence from its inhabitants,
705 The Chinese Tang Dynasty resumes after giving way briefly to the Second Zhou Dynasty, which was ruled by Wu Zetian, China's only female emperor. The imperial capital at Chang'an (now Xi'an) is the world's largest city--home to a million people.
738 18 Rabbit, one of the great kings of the Classic Maya kingdom of Copán, is captured and decapitated by the ruler of Quiriguá, known as Fire-Burning Sky Lightning God. Inscriptions at Copán stop for 20 years and the name of 18 Rabbit is never carved again.
750 The Pueblo I period begins in the American Southwest. Pit-house-dwelling maize farmers begin to construct above-ground masonry structures and organize themselves into large communities.
762 The Abbassid caliphate moves the center of Islamic science, industry, and arts to its vibrant new capital
793 The Vikings make their first major raid on the monastery at Lindisfarne on Britain's northern coast.