- January 27 — Constance of Sicily marries Henry (the future Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor).
- John the Chanter becomes Bishop of Exeter.
- The Byzantine Empire recognizes the independence of Bulgaria and Serbia.
- Guy of Lusignan becomes King of Jerusalem.
- Joscius becomes Archbishop of Tyre.
- After the death of the child-king Baldwin V, his mother succeeds him as Sibylla of Jerusalem and appoints her disfavoured husband Guy de Lusignan king consort. This comes as a shock to Jerusalem's court, whom had earlier forced the possible future Queen into promising that should she become so, she would not appoint him the title.
- May 18 — Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (d. 1218)
- Queen Urraca of Portugal, wife of King Afonso II of Portugal (d. 1220)
- Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk (d. 1225)
- Iziaslav IV Vladimirovich, Grand Prince of Kiev
- Ögedei Khan, third son of Genghis Khan and second Great Khan of the Mongol Empire (d. 1241)