|Covid-19|January 11 – Nika riots in Constantinople: A quarrel between supporters of different chariot teams—the Blues and the Greens—in the Hippodrome escalates into violence. For the next five days the capital is under siege. The fires that start during the tumult result in the destruction of much of the city, including the basilica. The insurrection is put down a week later by Belisarius and Mundus; up to 30,000 people are killed in the Hippodrome.
February 23 – Emperor Justinian I orders the building of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople – the Hagia Sophia. He chooses Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles as architects. The material for the construction is brought from all over the empire – such as Hellenistic columns from the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, and large stones from quarries in Porphyry, Egypt. More than 10,000 people are employed.
September – Justinian I signs a peace treaty, the "Eternal Peace", with the Persian king Khosrau I, ending the Iberian War. Both sides agree to return all occupied territories, and Justinian makes a one-off payment of 110 centenaria (11,000 pounds of gold), as a contribution to the defense of the Caucasus passes.
The Franks, under command of King Childebert I and his brother Chlothar I, invade the Kingdom of Burgundy. They defeat the Burgundians under King Godomar near Autun (modern France).
An Ding Wang commits suicide, and is succeeded by Xiao Wu Di as Chinese emperor of Northern Wei.
Silla conquers the city-state of Geumgwan Gaya (Korea) during the Three Kingdoms Period.
First year in which the Anno Domini calendar is used for numbering the years.
October 17 – Pope Boniface II dies in Rome after a 2-year reign.
Áedán mac Gabráin, king of Dál Riata (Scotland) (approximate date)
Guntram, king of Burgundy (approximate date)
Marius Aventicensis, bishop of Aventicum (d. 596)
Xiao Mohe, general of the Chen Dynasty and Sui Dynasty (d. 604)
March 3 – Winwaloe, saint and founder of Landévennec Abbey (b.c. 460)
An Ding Wang, emperor of Northern Wei (b. 513)
October 17 – Pope Boniface II
Chang Guang Wang, emperor of Northern Wei
Ecclesio, bishop of Ravenna (approximate date)
Erzhu Shilong, official of Northern Wei (b. 500)
Erzhu Tianguang, general of Northern Wei (b. 496)
Guntheuc, princes of Burgundy (approximate date)
Hypatius, Byzantine nobleman (executed)
Jie Min Di, emperor of Northern Wei (b. 498)
Pompeius, Byzantine politician (executed)
Sabbas the Sanctified, monk and saint (b. 439)
Year 532 (DXXXII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Second year after the Consulship of Lampadius and Probus (or, less frequently, year 1285 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 532 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.