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- The Zirid dynasty rejects Shi'ite obedience and Fatimid domination, and recognizes the Abbasids as their overlords.
- March 17 – Battle of Olivento (near the river Olivento in Apulia in the Catepanate of Italy): Normans and Lombards, led by William Iron Arm, are victorious against the Byzantine Empire's army, led by Michael Dokeianos, Catepan of Italy, and Harald Hardrada.
- May 4 – Battle of Montemaggiore (by the river Ofanto near Cannae in Apulia in the Catepanate of Italy): Normans and Lombards, led by William Iron Arm, are again victorious against the Byzantine forces, led by Michael Dokeianos, Catepan of Italy.
- December 10 – Zoe Porphyrogenita, Empress Consort of Byzantium, elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Byzantine Empire, as Michael V Kalaphates, on the death of her husband Michael IV the Paphlagonian.
- The inland city of Worcester in England rebels against the naval taxes of King Harthacnut.
- Edward the Confessor returns from exile in Normandy, to become the heir of his half-brother Harthacnut, as King of England. He reduces the Navy from 60 to 32 ships this year, due to the tax burden.
- The number of enlisted soldiers in the Song Dynasty Chinese military reaches well over 1,250,000 troops, an increase since 1022, when there were a million soldiers.
- Gilbert Meynier (2010) L'Algérie cœur du Maghreb classique. De l'ouverture islamo-arabe au repli (658-1518). Paris: La Découverte; pp.50.