On This Day

What Happened in January 41 AD

Historical Events


Jan 24 Claudius succeeds his nephew Caligula as Roman Emperor after the latter's assassination by officers of the Praetorian Guard

  • Jan 25 After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate

Famous Deaths


Jan 24 Caligula [Gaius Caesar], 3rd Roman Emperor (37-41 AD) who was known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, assassinated at 28 by Praetorian Guards