Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Caligula is Assassinated
Contributed by David Verne
A member of the Praetorian Guard by the name of Cassius Chaerea has grown sick of Caligula singling him out and mocking him as effeminate for a genitalia injury he suffered while on campaign. Chaerea approached several senators and agreed to be the inside man. He had the approval of the Praetorian prefect, who was under investigation for treason. Caligula had been speaking to some actors about a performance when Chaerea and two other guardsmen approached and stabbed him to death. Caligula was 28 years old and had ruled Rome for 4 years. The three then entered the palace and killed Caligula's wife and daughter, but they couldn't get to his uncle, Claudius. The rest of the Praetorian Guard recognized the need for a successor and hustled Claudius out of the palace, they found him hiding behind a curtain, to the safety of their camp. Claudius, the younger brother of Germanicus, has been one of the few family members to survive the purges of Sejanus, Tiberius, and Caligula because he was considered a bumbling idiot and made great joke material. The Senate was arguing among themselves over who should become emperor, when the Praetorians announced that Claudius was emperor. They hoped to control who they saw as a weak fool of an emperor, but they would soon find out that, Claudius the fool seems to have not been such a fool after all. 
- Duncan, Mike (July 6, 2009). What, me Claudius?.