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- Cubbie Roo's Castle is built on Wyre, Orkney.
- A Benedictine priory is founded at Birkenhead, England, resulting in the first recorded Mersey Ferry.
- Christchurch Priory is founded in Dorset, England.
- Castle Rising is built in Norfolk, England by William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel.
- The University of Paris, now known as the Sorbonne, is founded.
- Christian Malone writes his Irish Chronology (Chronicum Scotorum).
- The city of Neuruppin is founded in Brandenburg, Germany.
- The city of Rinteln is founded in Lower Saxony, Germany.
- Middle Dutch begins to be spoken in the Low Countries.
- Peter the Lombard publishes Sentences.
- Dryburgh Abbey is founded by Hugh de Morville, Constable of Scotland).
- The first doctorate degree is awarded in Paris, France.
- Battle of Tara: The Byzantine Empire defeats the Serbian Grand Principality and the Kingdom of Hungary.
- Joscelin II of Edessa is taken prisoner during the Second Crusade.
- The city of Ashkelon is fortified with 53 towers, by its Fatimid rulers.
- The earliest textual reference is made to Gypsies, working as musicians in Constantinople.
- October 8 – Narapatisithu, king of Burma (d. 1211)
- date unknown
- Alix of France, countess consort and regent of Blois (d. 1198)
- Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut (d. 1195)
- Leo I, King of Armenia (d. 1229)
- Rosamund Clifford, mistress of Henry II of England (approximate date; d. 1176)
- Saxo Grammaticus, Danish historian (d. 1220)
- Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury (approximate date; d. 1228)
- William de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber (approximate date; d. 1211)
- approximate date – Umadevi, Indian queen and general (d. 1218)
- January 9 – Emperor Xizong of Jin, third ruler of the Jurchen Jin Dynasty (b. 1119)
- April 8 – Gertrude of Babenberg, Duchess of Bohemia (b. 1118)
- November 21 – García Ramírez of Navarre "the Restorer" (b. c.1112)
- date unknown