|979 by topic|
|Ab urbe condita||1732|
|Balinese saka calendar||900–901|
|Chinese calendar||戊寅年 (Earth Tiger)|
3675 or 3615
— to —
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
— to —
1106 or 725 or −47
Year 979 (CMLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.
- 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 finds shelter with his Muslim allies. The rebellion is subdued without difficulty.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- June 29 – Fujiwara no Koshi, Japanese empress (b. 947)
- August 3 – Thietmar, German nobleman
- August 11 – Gero, German nobleman
- August 26 – Zhao Dezhao, prince of the Song Dynasty (b. 951)
- August 29 – Abu Taghlib, Hamdanid emir
- September 19 – Gotofredo I, archbishop of Milan
- unknown dates
- 'Imran ibn Shahin, Muslim ruler
- Vitale Candiano, doge of Venice
- Hasanwayh, Hasanwayhid ruler
- probable – Iago ab Idwal, king of Gwynedd
- ^ Janet Sethre (2003). The Souls of Venice, p. 84 (McFarland & Co. Inc).
- ^ "Taking Liberties - Star Items - Chronicle of Mann". bl.uk. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
- ^ Ann Paludan (1998). Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors: The Reign-by-reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial China. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-05090-3.
- ^ Canard, Marius (1965). "Abū Tag̲h̲lib". In Lewis, B.; Pellat, Ch. & Schacht, J. (eds.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Volume II: C–G. Leiden: E. J. Brill. p. 128. OCLC 495469475.
- ^ Dandolo, Andrea, et al. 1938. Chronica per extensum descripta (= Rerum italicarum scriptores 12.1). Bologna: Zanichelli, p. 500.
- ^ Thomas Jones Pierce. "Iago ab Idwal Foel (f. 942-979), king of Gwynedd". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved June 28, 2021.