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|Centuries:||8th century – 9th century – 10th century|
|Decades:||840s 850s 860s – 870s – 880s 890s 900s|
|Years:||868 869 870 – 871 – 872 873 874|
- Somerton becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Wessex.
- Alfred the Great succeeds as king of Wessex after Ethelred of Wessex's death.
- for more information, see Category:871 deaths.