455 in history

455 events chronologically

Mar 16 Emperor Valentinian III is assassinated by two Hunnic retainers while training with the bow on the Campus Martius (Rome)
Mar 17 Petronius Maximus becomes, with support of the Roman Senate, emperor of the Western Roman Empire
May 31 Emperor Petronius Maximus is stoned to death by an angry mob while fleeing Rome
Jun 2 Sack of Rome: Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks
Jul 9 The Roman military commander Avitus is proclaimed Emperor of the Western Roman Empire
Aug 24 The Vandals, led by king Genseric, begin to plunder Rome. Pope Leo I requests Genseric not destroy the ancient city or murder its citizens. He agrees and the gates of Rome are opened. However, the Vandals loot a great amount of treasure
Sep 21 Emperor Avitus enters Rome with a Gallic army and consolidates his power

Born in 455

Mar 16 Heraclius (primicerius sacri cubiculi) an influential eunuch of the Western Roman Emperor Valentinian III.

Died in 455

Mar 16 Valentinian III Western Roman Emperor from 425 to 455. His reign was marked by the ongoing dismemberment of the Western Empire
May 31 Petronius Maximus Western Roman Emperor for two and a half months in 455. A wealthy senator and a prominent aristocrat, he was instrumental in the murders of the Western Roman magister militum, Flavius Aëtius, and the Western Roman Emperor Valentinian III. Maximus was killed during the events culminating in the sack of Rome by the Vandals in 455