Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, reaches Jerusalem and surrounds the city with his four Roman legions — about 80,000 soldiers. After Titus breaches the walls in September, more than 100,000 Jews will be killed and more than 90,000 more will be sold into slavery across the Roman Empire.
Nearly everything in Jerusalem is razed to the ground and Judah becomes a minor Roman province. Forests all around Jerusalem, cut down for the siege, will never reappear.
The Sanhedrin is abolished and the priesthood is finished. Only the Pharisees remain as religious leaders who can carry on Jewish traditions, and it is out of their group that the modern Jewish rabbi develops.