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- When it was unable to feed its population during a famine, the emir of the great commercial center of Mahdia has to recognize the de facto protectorate of Roger II of Sicily.
- Failed Norman raid against the city of Tripoli.
- Henry the Lion becomes Duke of Saxony.
- The Empress Maud grants Oakley, Buckinghamshire Church, with its chapels of Brill, Boarstall and Addingrove, to the monks of St. Frideswide's Priory, in Oxford.
- Farid od-Din Mohammad ebn Ebrahim 'Attar, Persian mystical poet (d. 1220)
- Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1192)
- January 27 – Yue Fei, Chinese military leader (b. 1103)
- April 21 – Pierre Abélard, French scholastic philosopher (b. 1079)
- Orderic Vitalis, English chronicler (b. 1075)
- Abulafia, David (1985). The Norman kingdom of Africa and the Norman expeditions to Majorca and the Muslim Mediterranean. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. . http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4DZf-RBtZ7IC&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=Norman+crusaders+and+the+Catalan+reconquest:+Robert+Burdet+and+the+principality+of+Tarragona+1129-55&source=bl&ots=cZMDAs578x&sig=Zqnswn_kjGEIjfxLYW1Ouhchr3Y&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BwEAT_OKJtKg8gPMwI3MAQ&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- Bresc, Henri (2003). La Sicile et l'espace libyen au Moyen Age. http://www.storiamediterranea.it/public/md1_dir/b1462.pdf. Retrieved 17 January 2012.