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The 150s decade ran from January 1, 150, to December 31, 159.
- The Roman town Forum Hadriani (Voorburg) receives the title of Municipium Aelium Cananefatium, "the town of the Cananefates" (modern Netherlands). The town is awarded with rights to organize markets.
- The Germans of the east move south, into the Carpathians and Black Sea area.
- The Albani appear in the Roman province of Macedonia, specifically in Epirus.
- The Middle Culture period of Mayan civilization ends (approximate date).
- The Great Pyramid of the Sun is constructed in Teotihuacan. It is the tallest pre-Columbian building in the Americas.
- Marcion of Sinope produces his Bible canon, consisting of purged versions of the Gospel of Luke and ten Pauline letters (approximate date).
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- The earliest atlas (Ptolemy's Geography) is made (approximate date).
- This is also the approximate date of completion of Ptolemy's monumental work Almagest. The geocentric cosmology contained in it holds sway for 1,400 years.
- Antoninus Liberalis writes a work on mythology (Μεταμορφωσεων Συναγωγη) (approximate date).
- Paper, made in China, arrives in Transoxiana.
- Mytilene and Smyrna are destroyed by an earthquake.
- First year of Yuanjia of the Chinese Han Dynasty.
- The Chinese domination of the Tarim Basin weakens.
- Minor uprisings occur in Roman Egypt against Roman rule.
- Change of era name from Yuanjia (3rd year) to Yongxing of the Chinese Han Dynasty.
- King Eupator of Bosphorus pays tribute to Rome, due to the threat posed by the Alani.
- The Antonine Wall is completed.
- Last (2nd) year of Yongxing era of the Chinese Han Dynasty.
- Adalla becomes ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla.
- Anicetus becomes pope of Rome (approximate date).
- Anicetus meets with Polycarp of Smyrna to discuss the Computus, the date of Easter in the Christian liturgical calendar.
- Change of Patriarch of Constantinople from Patriarch Euzois to Patriarch Laurence.
- A revolt against Roman rule begins in Dacia.
- The earliest dated use of Sol Invictus, in a dedication from Rome.
- A revolt against Roman rule in Dacia is crushed.
- Change of era name from Yongshou to Yangxi of the Chinese Han Dynasty.
- March 7 – Lucilla, Roman empress (d. 182)
- Clement of Alexandria, Greek theologian (d. 215)
- Gongsun Du, Chinese general and warlord (d. 204)
- Lucius Fabius Cilo, Roman politician (approximate date)
- Monoimus, Arab gnostic and writer (approximate date)
- Nagarjuna, founder of Mahayana "Great Vehicle" (d. c. 250)
- Xu Shao, Chinese official of the Han Dynasty (d. 195)
- Yufuluo, Chanyu of the southern Xiongnu (d. 196)
- Zhang Zhongjing, Chinese physician (d. 219)
- Annia Galeria Aurelia Faustina, daughter of Marcus Aurelius
- Zhong Yao, Chinese official and calligrapher (d. 230)
- Didia Clara, daughter of Didius Julianus
- Kong Rong, Chinese official and warlord (d. 208)
- Zhang Hong, Chinese official and politician (d. 212)
- Cao Cao, Chinese statesman and warlord (d. 220)
- Dio Cassius, Roman historian (d. c. 235)
- Tertullian, Roman Christian theologian (d. c. 240)
- Sun Jian, Chinese general and warlord (d. 191)
- Dong Zhao, Chinese official and minister (d. 236)
- Ling of Han, Chinese emperor of the Han Dynasty (d. 189)
- Pontianus of Spoleto, Christian martyr and saint (d. 175)
- Zhang Zhao, Chinese general and politician (d. 236)
- Zhu Zhi, Chinese general and politician (d. 224)
- Gaius Caesonius Macer Rufinianus, Roman politician (d. 237)
- Hua Xin, Chinese official and minister (d. 232)
- Liu Yao, Chinese governor and warlord (d. 198)
- Xun You, Chinese official and statesman (d. 214)
- Aspasius, Greek philosopher and writer (approximate date)
- Aśvaghoṣa, Indian philosopher and poet (approximate date)
- Liang Na, Chinese empress of the Han Dynasty (b. 116)
- Tiberius Julius Rhoemetalces, Roman client king
- Euzois, bishop of Byzantium
- Ilseong, Korean ruler of Silla
- Pius I, pope of Rome (approximate date)
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