07 September AD 70. Four years after Jewish patriots staged a major revolt against the Roman procurator Florus, the Roman army under General Titus finally pulverize Jerusalem killing a total of about a million Jews with thousands of them left to rot on crosses outside the city.
Reference: Werner Keller, The Bible As History (New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1980), 397. For a complete account of this battle over Jerusalem, read Flavius Josephus, The Works of Josephus: Complete & Unabridged, New Updated Edition, trans. William Whiston (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1987), 624-772. Recommended online reading: Albert Barnes' "Notes on the New Testament: Matthew 24" available @ Study Light.