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This article is about the year 971. For the number, see 971 (number).
|Centuries:||9th century – 10th century – 11th century|
|Decades:||940s 950s 960s – 970s – 980s 990s 1000s|
|Years:||968 969 970 – 971 – 972 973 974|
|971 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishment and disestablishment categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||1724|
|Chinese calendar||庚午年 (Metal Horse)
3667 or 3607
— to —
辛未年 (Metal Goat)
3668 or 3608
|- Vikram Samvat||1027–1028|
|- Shaka Samvat||893–894|
|- Kali Yuga||4072–4073|
|Japanese calendar||Tenroku 2
|Minguo calendar||941 before ROC
|Seleucid era||1282/1283 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1513–1514|
- 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.
- Basileus John Tzimisces defeats Sviatoslav I of Kiev in the Fifth Rus'-Byzantine War (see Battle of Dorostolon).
- The 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.
- 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.