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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 73 AD

-- The Romans capture Masada, the last outpost of the Jewish rebel forces following the end in 70 of the First Jewish-Roman War (the Jewish Revolt). Nearly 1,000 surviving defenders commit mass suicide when defeat becomes imminent. Precise date unknown.
-- Vespasian begins conquest of territory east of the upper Rhine and south of the Main. In addition, he reorganizes the defenses of the upper and lower Danube. Precise date unknown.
-- The Chinese Han Dynasty launches a major campaign against the Xiongnu, whom they confront in the Battle of Yiwulu in the Kumul oasis, an ultimate Han military victory led by General Dou Gu. Precise date unknown.
-- Martial writes a satire on "military cowardice". Precise date unknown.
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