Nero Kills his Pregnant Wife?
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Poppaea Sabrina had enough of her husband spending too much time at the races, and decided to confront Nero about it. This argument rages on, growing ever fiercer before finally Nero has enough and lashes out, kicking his wife in the stomach. This kick causes her demise, or at least so claims Suetonius, a historian from the 100s. Tacitus also claims Nero's kick killed his wife, but puts it at a different time, and was a spontaneous outburst. Others claim he lept upon her belly, which caused her death, with debates over if it was intended to do so. Still others claim he poisoned her.
It's a Conspiracy
Contributed by David Verne
Italy and the provinces have been ruined by Nero's spending policies, including raiding not only temple donations, but also the statues of gods. Gaius Calpurnius Piso was a well-liked senator; who during the reign of Caligula was forced to divorce his wife after Caligula wanted to marry her. With discontent for Nero growing, especially in the Senate, Piso finds himself at the center of a large word of mouth conspiracy to assassinate Nero that includes senators, military officers, servants, slaves, and even Nero's adviser, Seneca. The amazing thing is that so many people of different ages and social standings were able to keep it secret, but eventually it was betrayed. A freedman named Milichus was heard complaining that since he was out of favor with Nero, his career couldn't move forward. He was approached by the conspirators, and after being told about it; he went and told Nero to regain the Emperor's favor. With their plot exposed, several of the conspirators committed suicide, including Piso and Seneca. Nero locked down Rome and re-instituted the treason trials. At least 41 people were accused of being part of the conspiracy, with most executed or exiled.  
- Tacitus, Cornelius. The Annals.
- Duncan, Mike (August 23, 2009). 666.