- Canute the Great is acclaimed king of England.
- England is divided into the earldoms of Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria.
- Canute marries Emma of Normandy.
- Melus of Bari rebels, supported by Norman mercenaries. He is victorious in three pitched battles against the Byzantines.
- Abd-ar-Rahman IV succeeds Suleiman II as the Umayyad caliph.