Tiridates III becomes king of the Parthian Empire
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
The Parthian nobles rebelled against their king this year. They then asked Tiberius to return Tiridates, who had been a hostage in Rome. Royal and Noble hotages were exchanged during this time period as a means of insurance that treaties and similar agreements would be obeyed. The Parthian Empire was centered around Iran.
First Christian Martyr
Contributed by David Verne
Stephen was the first of seven deacons appointed by the twelve Apostles, the closest followers and friends of Jesus. The deacons were appointed to assist with distributing food and charity to the poor. Stephen gets into a debate with the Sanhedrin, the supreme court of the Jews. He denounces them as being "stiff-necked" and declared that Jesus was standing at the right hand of God. The Sanhedrin and the crowd cry out at what they saw as blasphemy and stoned him to death. He is the first Christian martyr.