The Roman Vespasian becomes Roman Emperor, giving Christians a breather after the intense persecutions of Nero. During Vespacian's reign which practically paralled Saint Peter's immediate successor Pope Saint Linus, persecution of the Christians was relaxed except in the far regions of the empire. Both Vespacian and Linus died in 78 A.D.
Saint Louis IX, King of France, departs on his final crusade which would end a month and a half later in Tunis when he would succumb to the fever.
Saint Thomas More is indicted for high treason for refusing to defy Rome at Henry VIII's order.
The Franciscan missionary Blessed Father Junipero Serra lands in San Diego, California where two weeks later, on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, he would establish the first of 21 california missions - San Diego de Alcala.