1178 BC, April 16—A solar eclipse occurs. This may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War. He discovers a number of suitors competing to marry his wife Penelope, whom they believe to be a widow, in order to succeed him on the throne.
1170 – Assassination of Thomas à Becket 1171 – Saladin ends the Islamic ruling of Fatimid, bringing back Sunni rule in Egypt. 1179 – Third Council of the Lateran condemns Waldensians and Cathars as heretics (people who turn away from certain religious beliefs); reformation of clerical life Significant people Category: 1170s Navigation menu
about 1170–1180 – Construction of St. Faith's Church, Sélestat, Alsace. 1170 – San Nicola Bell Tower, Pisa, Italy. 1171 – Romanesque building of the Tournai Cathedral, Hainaut consecrated. 1171 – Rebuilding of Canterbury Cathedral began under William of Sens.  1171 – Pont d'Avignon begun.
29 December – murder of Thomas Becket by four of Henry II's knights Reginald Fitzurse, Hugh de Morville, William de Tracy, and Richard le Breton inside Canterbury Cathedral. Earliest record of the making of Cheddar cheese. 1171 16 October – Henry II lands in Ireland and declares himself Lord of Ireland. 1172
1178: Lin Tinggui and Zhou Jichang complete The Five Hundred Luohan. 1178: Benedetto Antelami completes Deposition. 1176: Unkei sculpts Dainichi Nyorai at Enjō-ji in Nara. 1173–1176: Zhang Shengwen completes The Sakyamuni Buddha. 1170: Unknown artist completes Limestone Sculpture of the Old Testament Priest Aaron.