On This Day

What Happened in January 69 AD

Historical Events

  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 15 Galba [Servius Sulpicius Galba], 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), lynched by his successor Otho at 70