On This Day

What Happened in August 79 AD

Historical Events


The 17 Year-Old Witness to the Eruption of VesuviusThe 17 Year-Old Witness to the Eruption of Vesuvius

Aug 23 Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on feast day of Vulcan, Roman god of fire (goes on to destroy Pompeii)
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Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (c. 1821) by John Martin
Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (c. 1821) by John Martin
  • Aug 24 Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Roman Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 25 Gaius Plinius Secundus, [Pliny the Elder], Roman admiral/writer, dies during eruption of Mount Vesuvius