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- Unable to feed his population during a famine, the emir of the great commercial center of Mahdia has to recognize the de facto protectorate of Roger II of Sicily.
- A Norman raid against the city of Tripoli fails.
- October 11 – The Treaty of Shaoxing between the Jin Dynasty and Southern Song Dynasty, ending the Jurchen campaigns against the Song Dynasty in China, is formally ratified when a Jin envoy visits the Song court.
- 3-year-old Emperor Konoe succeeds Emperor Sutoku on the throne of Japan.
- Farid od-Din Mohammad ebn Ebrahim 'Attar, Persian mystical poet (d. 1220)
- Elisabeth, Countess of Vermandois, countess ruler (d. 1183)
- Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1192)
- January 27 – Yue Fei, Chinese military leader, executed (b. 1103)
- April 21 – Pierre Abélard, French scholastic philosopher (b. 1079)
- Helbirga of Austria, duchess consort of Bohemia
- Orderic Vitalis, English chronicler (b. 1075)
- Abulafia, David (1985). The Norman kingdom of Africa and the Norman expeditions to Majorca and the Muslim Mediterranean. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. ISBN 0-85115-416-6.
- Bresc, Henri (2003). "La Sicile et l'espace libyen au Moyen Age" (PDF). Retrieved 17 January 2012.