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|979 by topic|
|Ab urbe condita||1732|
|Balinese saka calendar||900–901|
|Chinese calendar||戊寅年 (Earth Tiger)|
3675 or 3615
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己卯年 (Earth Rabbit)
3676 or 3616
|- Vikram Samvat||1035–1036|
|- Shaka Samvat||900–901|
|- Kali Yuga||4079–4080|
|Japanese calendar||Tengen 2|
|Minguo calendar||933 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||1290/1291 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1521–1522|
1105 or 724 or −48
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1106 or 725 or −47
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- March 24 – Second Battle of Pankaleia: An Ibero-Byzantine expeditionary force under General Bardas Phokas (the Younger) inflicts a crushing defeat on the rebels of General Bardas Skleros at Sarvenis (modern Turkey). Skleros manages to escape and founds shelter with his Muslim allies. The rebellion is subdued without difficulty.
- June 8 — Louis V, nicknamed le Fainéant (the "Do-Nothing") is crowned as the co-Emperor of West Francia at Paris by his father, King Lothair. Upon Lothair's death on March 2, 986, Louis becomes the sole ruler.
- Vitale Candiano, doge of Venice, abdicates for health reasons after a 14-month reign and retires to a monastery. He is succeeded by Tribuno Memmo, a son-in-law of the murdered Pietro IV Candiano. Tribuno declares a general amnesty for everyone complicit in the plot against Pietro.
- The city of Brussels is founded by Charles, duke of Lower Lorraine. He constructs fortifications (a castrum on an island) on the Senne River (modern Belgium).
- Tynwald (or Tynwald Court), the parliament of the Isle of Man, is founded. It remains active as the longest continuous parliament in the world.
- Jawhar as-Siqilli is dismissed as vizier of Egypt after an unsuccessful campaign in Syria (near Damascus). He is replaced by Ya'qub ibn Killis.
- Battle of Gaoliang River: Emperor Tai Zong leads an expedition into You Prefecture (or Youzhou). The Liao Dynasty counter-attacks and defeats the Song forces near modern-day Beijing.
- Summer – Tai Zong invades the Northern Han and besieges the capital of Taiyuan. A relief force sent by the Liao Dynasty is defeated. The Kingdom is absorbed into the Song Dynasty.
- August 29 – Otto (or Eudes), French nobleman (d. 1045)
- Al-Muqtana Baha'uddin, Druze religious leader (d. 1043)
- Estrid (or Astrid), queen consort of Sweden (d. 1035)
- Fujiwara no Takaie, Japanese nobleman (d. 1044)
- Ibn al-Samh, Andalusian astronomer (d. 1035)
- Matilda, countess palatine of Lotharingia (d. 1025)
- August 3 – Thietmar, German nobleman
- August 11 – Gero, German nobleman
- August 29 – Abu Taghlib, Hamdanid emir
- September 19 – Gotofredo I, archbishop of Milan
- Fujiwara no Koshi, Japanese empress (b. 947)
- Hasanwayh, Hasanwayhid ruler
- Iago ab Idwal, king of Gwynedd
- 'Imran ibn Shahin, Muslim ruler
- Vitale Candiano, doge of Venice
- Zhao Dezhao, prince of the Song Dynasty (b. 951)
- Janet Sethre (2003). The Souls of Venice, p. 84 (McFarland & Co. Inc).
- "Taking Liberties - Star Items - Chronicle of Mann". bl.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2015.