On This Day

What Happened in 69 AD

Historical Events in 69 AD

  • Jan 1 Roman garrison of Mainz uprising
  • Jan 2 Roman Lower Rhine army proclaims its commander, Vitellius, Emperor
  • Jan 10 Roman emperor Galba adopts Marcus Piso Licinianus as Caesar
  • Jan 15 Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor, only rules for three months before committing suicide
  • Apr 15 Battle at Bedriacum, North-Italy
  • Jul 1 Batavian nobleman Gaius Julius Civilis proclaimed emperor of Syria
  • Jul 1 Roman General Vespasian is first proclaimed Emperor by troops in Egypt, during year of the four emperors
  • Dec 20 General Vespasian's troops occupy Rome after defeating the Emperor Vitellius

Famous People Who Died in 69 AD

  • Jan 15 Galba [Servius Sulpicius Galba], 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), lynched by his successor Otho at 70
  • Apr 16 Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor, dies at 36
  • Dec 22 Aulus Vitellius, Roman Emperor for 8 months, executed by the troops of his successor Vespasian in Rome at 54