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- Illus, Byzantine general (magister officiorum), and Verina (widow of the late emperor Leo I) try to overthrow emperor Zeno. They try to place another general named Leontius on the throne.
- The Ostrogoths are given status as foederati. They control a large part of Macedonia and Thrace (Balkans).
- March 10 – Pope Simplicius dies at Rome after a 15-year reign. He is succeeded by Felix III as the 48th pope.
- Xiao Baojuan, emperor of Southern Qi (d. 501)
- Xuan Wu Di, emperor of Northern Wei (d. 515)
- Yuan Xun, crown prince of Northern Wei (d. 497)
- Zhu Yi, high official of Southern Liang (d. 549)