|Centuries:||9th century – 10th century – 11th century|
|Decades:||950s 960s 970s – 980s – 990s 1000s 1010s|
|Years:||979 980 981 – 982 – 983 984 985|
- July 13 – The Kalbids troops of the emir of Sicily defeat the imperial German army of Otto II near Crotone.
- Yelu Longxu becomes the sixth emperor of the Liao Dynasty.
- The Buyid ruler, 'Adud al-Dawla, start what was soon to become the most important hospital of Bagdad.