Most people know the story of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that erupted suddenly, burying and preserving the entire city of Pompeii. The volcano erupted on August 24, 79 AD. The rediscovery of Pompeii in the 18th century gave historians a new insight into the daily life of ancient Romans. Many artifacts and statues were also uncovered among the wreckage as well. It is rare that this kind of preservation happens. The eruption of Vesuvius is probably the most well known volcanic eruption in history, a reminder of just how dangerous volcanos can be, even if they’ve sat dormant for hundreds of years. The anniversary of the eruption is celebrated as Vesuvius Day each year.