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This article is about the year 1161.
|Centuries:||11th century – 12th century – 13th century|
|Decades:||1130s 1140s 1150s – 1160s – 1170s 1180s 1190s|
|Years:||1158 1159 1160 – 1161 – 1162 1163 1164|
|1161 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Art and literature|
|1161 in poetry|
|Ab urbe condita||1914|
|Bahá'í calendar||−683 – −682|
|English Regnal year||7 Hen. 2 – 8 Hen. 2|
|Chinese calendar||庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)
3857 or 3797
— to —
辛巳年 (Metal Snake)
3858 or 3798
|- Vikram Samvat||1217–1218|
|- Shaka Samvat||1083–1084|
|- Kali Yuga||4262–4263|
|Japanese calendar||Eiryaku 2 / Ōhō 1
|Minguo calendar||751 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||1704|
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- The Battle of Tangdao (November 16) and Battle of Caishi (November 26–27) on the Yangtze River, during the Jin–Song wars between the Jurchen Jin Dynasty and the Chinese Song Dynasty, result in two pivotal Song naval victories.
- December 15 – Emperor Hailing of the Jin assassinated. He is succeeded by Emperor Shizong.
- Bartholomew Iscanus becomes Bishop of Exeter.
- Godfrey Ua Raghallaigh dies; his son Cathal succeeds him.
- Eric Jedvardsson's murderer Magnus Henriksen is himself murdered by Karl Sverkersson, who then becomes king of Sweden.
- A Muslim offensive against the young Portuguese kingdom reaches Almada.
- September 23 – Emperor Takakura of Japan (d. 1181)
- Constance, Duchess of Brittany (d. 1201)
- Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (d. 1185)
- Wincenty Kadłubek, Polish bishop and saint (d. 1223)
- Pope Innocent III (d. 1216)
- Börte, Genghis Khan's wife (d.1230)
- February 3 – King Inge I of Norway (b. 1135)
- April 18 – Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
- June 14 – Former Emperor Qinzong of Southern Song Dynasty China (b. 1084)
- September 11 – Queen Melisende of Jerusalem (b. 1105)
- November 23 – Adam, Abbot of Ebrach
- December 15 – Emperor Prince Hǎilíng of Jin Dynasty China (b. 1122)
- date unknown