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Year 1170 (MCLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • November (or December) – Henry II of England, when word reaches him in France of Thomas Becket's latest actions, utters words that are interpreted by his followers as a wish for the archbishop's death.
  • December 29 – Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral.
  • The Danes attack Estonia.
  • The city of Dublin is captured by the Normans.
  • The East Frisian island of Bant is broken up in a North Sea flood.
  • Palace guards massacre the civil officials at the Korean court and place a new king on the throne. The coup leaders abolish the privileges that have kept the aristocrats in power and appoint themselves to senior posts.
  • Earliest dating for the making of Cheddar cheese.
  • According to folklore, the Welsh prince Madoc sailes to North America in his ship the Gwennan Gorn and founds a colony.
  • Estimation: Fes in the Almohad Empire becomes the largest city of the world, taking the lead from Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Births

  • May 9 – Valdemar II of Denmark (d. 1241) (alternative date is June 28)
  • August 8 – Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominicans (d. 1221)
  • Eustace the Monk, French pirate (d. 1217)
  • Isabella of Hainault, queen of Philip II of France (d. 1190)
  • Muqali, general of Genghis Khan
  • Approximate date – Fibonacci (Leonardo Pisano Bigollo), Pisan mathematician (d. 1240/50)
  • Deaths

  • January 22 – Wang Chongyang, Chinese Daoist and co-founder of the Quanzhen School (b. 1113)
  • April 23 – Minamoto no Tametomo, Japanese samurai, first known person to die by seppuku (b. 1139)
  • November 18 – Albert I of Brandenburg (b. c. 1100)
  • November 23 or November 28 – Owain Gwynedd, King of Gwynedd (b. c. 1100)
  • December 29 – Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (assassinated) (b. c. 1118)
  • Al-Mustanjid, Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad
  • Ruben II, Prince of Armenia (b. 1160)
  • Mstislav II of Kiev
  • Eliezer ben Nathan, Jewish poet and writer (b. 1090)
  • Odo, Viscount of Porhoet, co-ruler of the duchy of Brittany
  • References

    1170 Wikipedia

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