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December 21 69 Coronation of Roman Emperor Vespasian


On December 21st 69 the coronation of Titus Flavius Vespasianus took place. He was the first Roman Emperor to ascend the throne in relative peace following the demise of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and the disastrous reign of Nero. The year 69 AD was known in Roman history as the year of the Four Emperors. Nero’s … Continue reading

November 1 1512 Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public


On November 1st 1512, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s finest works, was exhibited to the public for the first time. Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese in 1475. The son of a government administrator, he grew … Continue reading

August 30 30 BCE Cleopatra commits suicide


On August 30th 30 BCE, Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, took her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome. Cleopatra, born in 69 BCE, was made Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt, upon the death of her father, Ptolemy XII, in … Continue reading

August 24 79 Eruption of Mount Vesuvius


On August 24th 79, Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii, Italy, began to erupt; within the next 25 hours, it wiped out the entire town. Hundreds of years later, archaeologists excavated Pompeii and found everything and everyone that had been there that day perfectly preserved by the volcano’s ash. Pompeii, about 90 miles south of Rome, was … Continue reading

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