In the year A.D. 61...
- Roman troops under the governor of Britain, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, destroy a stronghold of rebelious Druids at Anglesey.
- The British Iceni tribe of East Anglia, led by their queen Boadicea (Boudicca), revolts against Roman authority, sacking Colchester, London, and Verulamium (St. Albans) before eventually being destroyed by a Roman army under the command of Paulinus, who had been recalled from the north.
- Roman poet Lucan begins his great epic poem Pharsalia (approximate).
- St. Paul begins his first captivity in Rome, and starts writing his letters to the Ephesians, the Colossians, Philemon, and the Philippians.
- St. Peter arrives in Rome.
These people were born in 61:
- Roman statesman and author Pliny the Younger (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus), best known for his thoughtful and carefully crafted letters on a wide range of topics.
These people died in 61:
- British warrior-queen Boadicea, following her defeat, from suicide by poison.
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