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|Ab urbe condita||1724|
|Balinese saka calendar||892–893|
|Chinese calendar||庚午年 (Metal Horse)
3667 or 3607
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辛未年 (Metal Goat)
3668 or 3608
|- Vikram Samvat||1027–1028|
|- Shaka Samvat||892–893|
|- Kali Yuga||4071–4072|
|Japanese calendar||Tenroku 2
|Minguo calendar||941 before ROC
|Seleucid era||1282/1283 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1513–1514|
1097 or 716 or −56
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1098 or 717 or −55
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- January 23 – In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao, by crossbow fire from Song dynasty troops. The Southern Han State is forced to submit to the Song dynasty, ending not only Southern Han rule, but also the first regular war elephant corps employed in a Chinese army, that had gained the Southern Han victories throughout the 10th century.
- late spring – Battle of Alexandretta: The Byzantines defeat a Fatimid force of 4,000 near Alexandretta, forcing the main Fatimid army, which had been besieging Antioch, to withdraw.
- Kenneth II of Scotland succeeds Culen as king, though he will not be sole king until 977.
- Saint Swithun's body is moved into an indoor shrine (he was previously buried outside). The ceremony is said to have been marred by 40 days of torrential rain.
- Battle of Dorostolon: Basileus John Tzimisces defeats Sviatoslav I of Kiev, in the Fifth Rus'-Byzantine War.
- Bulgarian emperor Boris II abdicates in Constantinople, and John Tzimisces announces the annexation of Bulgaria. That event leads to an almost 50-year Byzantine-Bulgarian war, until the fall of Bulgaria.
- Kushyar ibn Labban, Iranian mathematician, geographer, and astronomer (d. 1029)
- Mahmud of Ghazni, monarch
- Emperor Shengzong of Liao, monarch
- Qian Hongzong, Chinese king
- Abu Jafar Khazeni, astronomer and mathematician
- Culen of Scotland, Scottish ruler
- Ziri ibn Manad, dynasty founder