Year 196 (Roman numerals, CXCVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Dexter and Messalla (or, less frequently, year 949 ''Ab urbe condita''). The denomination 196 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.


By place

Roman Empire

* Emperor Septimius Severus attempts to assassinate Clodius Albinus but fails, causing Albinus to retaliate militarily. * Emperor Septimius Severus captures and sacks Byzantium; the city is rebuilt and regains its previous prosperity. * In order to assure the support of the Roman legion in Germany on his march to Ancient Rome, Rome, Clodius Albinus is declared Augustus (title), Augustus by his Roman army, army while crossing Gaul. * Hadrian's wall in Britannia, Britain is partially destroyed.


* First year of the ''Emperor Xian of Han#Era names, Jian'an era of the Chinese Han Dynasty. * Emperor Xian of Han returns to Luoyang, which has been ravaged by war, and seeks for the protection of warlord Cao Cao. He is advised to move the capital to Xuchang; the Emperor becomes a pawn (chess), pawn in the hands of the Chinese warlords.


* Naehae of Silla, Naehae becomes king of Silla.


* Cao Chong, son of Cao Cao (d. 208)


* Beolhyu of Silla, Beolhyu, Korean ruler of Silla * Cao Bao, Chinese general and governor * Chizhi Shizhu Hou, Chinese puppet ruler (b. AD 150, 150) * Zhou Xin (Han dynasty), Zhou Xin, Chinese official and politician


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