Israel in History

Historical Events

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  • 0445-10-31 BC Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites in Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 9:1, NLTse).

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1191-06-08 King Richard I of England arrives at Acre in modern day Israel to join the Siege of Acre during the Third Crusade

  • 1621-11-19 Rabbi Isaiah ben Abraham aha-Levi Horowitz arrives in Israel
  • 1730-04-08 Congregation Shearith Israel opens the 1st North American synagogue in New York City on Mill Street in Lower Manhattan
  • 1878-12-03 Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel
  • 1888-06-29 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder
  • 1903-04-06 The Kishinev pogrom in Bessarabia begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Israel and the Western world.
  • 1905-11-24 Moshav Hertzlia forms in Israel
  • 1909-12-01 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef
  • 1912-12-28 National Council of Young Israel convenes
  • 1917-05-03 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
  • 1920-08-10 Turkish government renounces its claim to Israel, recognizes British mandate
  • 1920-08-20 Israel publishes its first medical journal "Ha-Refuah"
  • 1921-05-24 Bulhoek Massacre: police commissioner Colonel Theodore Truter leads 6 squadrons and artillery detachment against Israelite religious sect collected at annual gathering on land of leader Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; 190 killed
  • 1921-09-11 Nahalal, the first moshav in Israel, is settled.
  • 1923-04-07 1st brain tumor operation under local anesthetic performed (Beth Israel Hospital in NYC) by Dr K Winfield Ney

  • 1925-02-09 Haifa Technion (Israel) opens
  • 1927-10-23 Town of Netanya Israel founded by Nathan Strauss
  • 1929-08-23 Arabs attack Jews in Israel
  • 1930-02-05 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • 1936-12-26 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
  • 1942-06-21 129°F (54°C), Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record)
  • 1947-01-10 British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • 1947-04-01 1st Jewish immigrants to Israel disembark at Port of Eilat
  • 1947-11-30 Day after UN decree for Israel, Jewish settlements attacked
  • 1948-05-10 1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel

IsraelIsraeli Declaration of Independence

1948-05-14 Israel declares independence from British administration
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David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first prime minister shortly after, declares independence beneath a picture of Theodor Herzl
David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first prime minister shortly after, declares independence beneath a picture of Theodor Herzl
  • 1948-05-14 Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast
  • 1948-05-14 US grants Israel de facto recognition
  • 1948-05-15 Troops from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attack Israel
  • 1948-05-16 Chaim Weizmann elected 1st President of Israel
  • 1948-05-16 Israel issues its 1st postage stamps
  • 1948-05-17 Israel liberates Acre, Nebi Yusha & Telel-Kadi
  • 1948-05-17 Soviet Union recognizes Israel
  • 1948-05-18 Arab Legion captures fort on Mt Scopus during Arab-Israeli war
  • 1948-05-18 Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel

  • 1948-05-23 Ramat Rahel gateway to Jerusalem is repossessed by Israel
  • 1948-05-26 Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
  • 1948-05-28 Israeli Air Force is officially founded shortly after the start of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1948-06-01 Israel & Arabs agree to a cease fire
  • 1948-06-19 Panama and Costa Rica recognize Israel
  • 1948-06-21 Rhodes conference on Israeli-Arab war opens
  • 1948-06-30 Last British troops leave Israel
  • 1948-07-10 Lydda Airfield captured by Israeli army
  • 1948-07-15 Israel bombs Cairo during Arab-Israeli War
  • 1948-07-17 Israeli army captures Nazareth
  • 1948-08-16 Israeli pound becomes legal tender
  • 1948-10-14 Large scale fighting between Israel & Egypt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948-10-16 Demonstration by Moscow Jews honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • 1948-10-18 Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
  • 1948-10-21 Beersheba liberated by Israeli army
  • 1948-10-22 Egyptian flagship King Farouk sunk by Israel
  • 1948-10-27 Israel recaptures Nizzanim in Negev
  • 1948-10-28 Flag of Israel is adopted
  • 1948-10-29 Israeli forces liberate Meron & Gush-Halev
  • 1948-10-29 Safsaf massacre, Israeli defence forces attack Palestinian village of Safsaf in the Galilee
  • 1948-10-30 Operation Hiram: Israelis take control of Galilee

PlaneOperation Magic Carpet

1948-11-16 Operation Magic Carpet begins with 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
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Jews arrive in Israel after being evacuated from their home countries
Jews arrive in Israel after being evacuated from their home countries

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1949-01-25 1st Israeli election won by David Ben-Gurion's Mapai party

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • 1949-01-29 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1949-02-14 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • 1949-02-17 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • 1949-02-24 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • 1949-02-27 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel
  • 1949-03-04 Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel
  • 1949-03-29 Turkey recognizes Israel
  • 1949-04-04 Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • 1949-05-11 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • 1949-07-20 Israel's 19 month war of independence ends
  • 1949-11-20 Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000
  • 1949-12-13 Knesset votes to transfer Israel's capital to Jerusalem
  • 1950-01-16 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
  • 1950-01-23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • 1950-06-25 Israeli airline El Al begins service
  • 1950-07-05 Law of Return passes, guarantees all Jews right to live in Israel
  • 1950-09-24 Operation Magic Carpet concludes after having transported 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel
  • 1951-03-08 Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)
  • 1951-03-13 Israel demands DM 6.2 billion compensation from Germany
  • 1951-04-12 Israeli Knesset officially designates April 13 as Holocaust Day
  • 1951-05-16 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines
  • 1951-08-01 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election
  • 1951-09-01 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion orders establishment of Israeli secret service Mossad
  • 1951-10-07 David Ben-Gurion forms 3rd Israeli government
  • 1952-08-28 German & Israeli reach accord about recovery payments
  • 1952-11-03 Egypt protests German retribution payments to Israel
  • 1952-12-06 Czech government tells Israeli ambassador that he is persona non grata
  • 1952-12-08 Isaak Ben-Zwi elected president of Israel
  • 1952-12-10 Izhak Ben-Zvi elected 2nd president of Israel
  • 1953-02-11 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 1953-02-12 USSR breaks relations with Israel
  • 1953-07-20 USSR/Israel recover diplomatic relations
  • 1953-11-12 David Ben-Gurion, resigns as Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1953-11-17 United States joins the United Nations in condemning Israel's raid on Jordan on October 4, 1953
  • 1953-12-07 Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
  • 1954-10-14 Israeli act of revenge in Qibiya Jordan, kills 53
  • 1955-02-13 Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
  • 1955-03-01 Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
  • 1955-05-11 Israel attacks Gaza

Famous Birthdays

  • 1718-01-07 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • 1838-02-06 Yisrael Meir Kagan [Chofetz Chayim], Belarusian rabbi, born in Dzyatlava, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1874-08-15 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, born in Valkininkai, Lithuania (d. 1958)
  • 1874-11-27 Chaim Weizmann, Israeli statesman and Zionist leader (1st President of Israel 1949-52), born in Motal, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1878-02-08 Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli dialogue philosopher and theologist (Ich und Du), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)
  • 1881-12-31 Jacob Israël de Haan, Dutch poet/writer (Pipelines, Jewish Song), born in Holland, Netherlands (d. 1924)
  • 1884-04-30 Albert Elkus, American composer, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1962)
  • 1884-05-27 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafka, born in Prague (d. 1968)
  • 1884-11-24 Itzhak Ben-Zvi, President of Israel (d. 1963)
  • 1885-02-24 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israeli Knesset (1949-59)

Person of interestDavid Ben-Gurion

1886-10-16 David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (1948-53, 1955-63), born in Płonsk, Poland (d. 1973)

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion

Person of interestIrving Berlin

1888-05-11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1888-07-17 Shmuel Agnon, Israel, novelist (Day Before Yesterday-Nobel 1966)
  • 1891-07-29 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist
  • 1892-10-28 Ludwig Strauss, German-Israeli writer (Night Watch), born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1953)
  • 1894-10-15 Moshe Sharett, 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (1954-55), born in Kherson, Russian Empire (d. 1965)
  • 1895-10-25 Levi Eshkol, [Sjkolnik], Israeli PM (MWP) (1963-69), born in Oratov, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1896-07-13 Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter (d. 1992)
  • 1897-07-05 Paul Ben-Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1984)

Person of interestGolda Meir

1898-05-03 Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) known as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1978)

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • 1903-12-22 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • 1904-02-23 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy/founded (CP Palestina)
  • 1905-09-25 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), born in Zavaliv, Ukraine (d. 1992)
  • 1907-08-16 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1907-11-17 Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley's secretary (d. 1985)
  • 1908-01-06 Menachem Avidom, Israeli composer, born in Stanislaviv, Austria-Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1909-02-06 Israel Citkowitz, American composer (d. 1974)
  • 1910-09-18 Josef Tal, Israeli composer (Israeli art music), born in Pinne, German Poland (d. 2008)
  • 1910-11-11 Israel Eldad, Israeli Revisionist Zionist philosopher and member of the pre-state underground group Lehi, born in Pidvolochysk, Galicia (d. 1996)
  • 1911-05-27 Teddy Kollek, Israeli politician (Mayor of Jerusalem), born in Nagyvázsony, Hungary (d. 2007)

Person of interestMenachem Begin

1913-08-16 Menachem Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel (1977-80, 81-83) and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Brest, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1992)

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1915-02-02 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (d. 2002)

Person of interestMoshe Dayan

1915-05-20 Moshe Dayan, Israeli Military Leader and politician, born in Degania Alef, Ottoman Empire (d. 1981)

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • 1915-10-15 Yitzḥak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister (1983–84, 1986–1992), born in Ruzinoy, Poland (d. 2012)
  • 1916-05-16 Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist and President of Israel (1973-78), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 2009)
  • 1917-04-21 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • 1918-09-17 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1918-10-07 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist
  • 1918-10-10 Yigal Allon, Israeli politician, born in Kfar Tavor, Palestine (d. 1980)
  • 1921-04-09 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine (d. 2015)

Person of interestYitzhak Rabin

1922-03-01 Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel (1974-77 and 1992-95) and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Jerusalem (d. 1995)

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1922-08-29 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), born in Haifa (d. 1996)
  • 1923-03-27 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (d. 2019)

Person of interestShimon Peres

1923-08-02 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize (1994), born in Wiszniewo, Poland (d. 2016)

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 1923-12-15 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), born in Weimar, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1924-05-03 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 2000)
  • 1924-06-15 Ezer Weizman, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)
  • 1925-12-24 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli singer (Road to Jerusalem, Don't Say Goodbye, Say I will see You), born in Mandatory Palestine (d. 2012)
  • 1927-09-02 Tzvi Avni, Israeli composer, born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1928-02-26 Ariel Sharon, Israeli general and politician, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), born at Kfar Malal (d. 2014)
  • 1928-04-08 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)
  • 1928-05-11 Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor
  • 1928-07-10 Moshe Greenberg, American-Israeli Bible scholar, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1929-10-17 Ram Da-Oz [Abraham Daus], Israeli composer, born in Berlin
  • 1929-11-04 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman, The Delta Force), born in Jerusalem, Mandate Palestine (d. 1987)
  • 1930-06-08 Robert Aumann, German-Israeli mathematician (The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2005), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1930-08-18 Liviu Librescu, Israeli professor, killed in the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 1932-02-16 Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli writer, born in Jadova Commune, Kingdom of Romania
  • 1932-07-01 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Haaretz, born in Lille, France (d. 2007)
  • 1932-08-11 Israel Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (d. 2003)
  • 1933-01-21 Itzhak Fuks, Israeli El Al captain, crashed in Amsterdam

Person of interestDaniel Kahneman

1934-03-05 Daniel Kahneman, Israeli economist and Nobel laureate (2002), born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Economist and Psychologist Daniel Kahneman
Economist and Psychologist
Daniel Kahneman
  • 1935-01-18 Gad Yaacobi, Israeli minister, born in Kfar Vitkin, Israel (d. 2007)
  • 1935-09-09 [Chaim] Topol, actor (Fiddler on the Roof), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1935-12-08 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player (Women's Soviet Chess Championship 1960, 62, 63), born in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1936-01-13 Ami Maayani, Israeli composer and conductor, born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • 1936-03-10 Juda Bar-Norwegian, Israeli/Dutch mime/actor (King)
  • 1936-11-17 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (d. 2005)
  • 1937-03-16 Amos Tversky, Israeli cognitive and mathematical psychologist, born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1996)
  • 1937-12-31 Avram Hershko, Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry, born in Karcag, Hungary
  • 1939-05-04 Amos Oz, Israeli author (My Michael), born in Jerusalem
  • 1939-07-22 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress
  • 1939-10-24 Uri Sharvit, Israeli composer, born in Jerusalem
  • 1939-12-02 Yael Dayan, Israeli writer and politician, born in Nahalal, Israel
  • 1940-04-05 Aliza Kashi, Israeli actress and singer (Merv Griffin regular), born in Israel
  • 1941-06-13 Esther Ofarim, Israeli singer (T'en vas pas), born in Safed, British Palestine
  • 1942-02-12 Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1942-07-16 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica (d. 2006)
  • 1942-10-12 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), born in Haifa, British Palestine (d. 2017)
  • 1943-07-22 Yoran Ben Ami, Israel, producer/president (Triumph Pictures)
  • 1943-08-24 Pini Zahavi, Israeli football agent, born in Ness Ziona, Israel
  • 1944-03-18 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader and politician, (d. 2012)
  • 1945-05-14 Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa
  • 1945-07-01 Mike Burstyn, Israeli-American actor (De Mike Bustyn Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945-08-31 Itzhak Perlman, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1945-09-30 Ehud Olmert, twelfth Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1945-11-23 Assaf Dayan, Israel, actor (Operation Thunderbolt)
  • 1946-03-13 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier who died leading rescue operation Entebbe in Uganda, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)

Person of interestUri Geller

1946-12-20 Uri Geller, Israeli magician and psychic known for bending forks, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller
  • 1947-02-01 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer, born in Famagusta, Cyprus (d. 1975)
  • 1947-05-01 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1947-10-01 Aaron Ciechanover, Israeli biologist
  • 1948-07-16 Pinchas Zukerman, Israeli-American violinist (Leventritt 1967), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1949-08-25 Gene Simmons [Chaim Witz], Israeli-American rock guitarist (KISS, Rock and Roll All Nite), born in Tirat Carmel, Israel
  • 1949-10-09 Shep Messing, American soccer goalkeeper (NY Cosmos), born in Bronx, New York
  • 1949-11-26 Shlomo Artzi, Israeli singer and songwriter, born in Alonei Abba, Israel
  • 1949-11-28 Victor Ostrovsky, Canadian/Israel, Mossad agent (By Way of Deception)
  • 1950-01-27 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • 1950-06-25 Nitza Saul, Israeli actress, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1939-05-29 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (25) weds Aliza Arnold

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1973-07-06 "The Avengers" actress Diana Rigg (35) weds Israeli painter Menachen Gueffen (43)

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-08-01 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (33) weds business consultant Kimberly Brook at the Kabbalah Center in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • 2015-09-24 International supermodel Bar Refaeli (30) weds businessman Adi Ezra at the Beresheet Hotel in Israel
  • 2016-11-11 Singer-songwriter Adrienne Bailon (33) weds musician Israel Houghton (45) at the Hotel Plaza Atheneel in Paris

Famous Deaths

  • 1760-05-22 Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)
  • 1790-05-29 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • 1909-06-28 Israel Durham, Phillies president dies
  • 1911-08-12 Jozef Israels, painter, dies
  • 1924-06-30 Jacob Israel de Haan, Dutch poet/writer (Pypelyntjes), dies at 42
  • 1926-08-01 Israel Zangwill, Jewish author (Children of The Ghetto) and Zionist leader, dies at 62
  • 1932-08-05 Israël Querido, Dutch writer (Jordan), dies at 59
  • 1943-06-01 Wilfrid B. Israel, Jewish activist
  • 1952-11-09 Chaim Weizmann, Israeli statesman and Zionist leader (1st President of Israel 1949-52), dies at 77
  • 1953-08-11 Ludwig Strauss, German-Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies at 60
  • 1957-07-10 Sholem Asch, Polish-Jewish novelist and playwright (East River, Three Cities), dies at 77
  • 1958-10-27 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, dies at 84
  • 1959-01-28 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • 1959-07-25 Isaac Halevi Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), dies at 71
  • 1962-02-19 Albert Elkus, American composer, dies at 77

BattleAdolf Eichmann

1962-06-01 Adolf Eichmann, German Nazi officer (SS-Obersturmbannführer, Holocaust organizer), hanged in Israel at 56

Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal
Adolf Eichmann
  • 1963-10-15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies at 88
  • 1965-06-13 Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli dialogue philosopher and theologist (Ich und Du), dies at 87
  • 1965-07-07 Moshe Sharett, 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (1954-55), dies at 70
  • 1965-08-28 Giulio Racah, Israeli physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1966-11-08 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist, dies at 75
  • 1967-03-24 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, dies at 63
  • 1968-12-20 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafka, dies at 84
  • 1969-02-26 Levi Eshkol, [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • 1972-09-05 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • 1972-09-05 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • 1974-05-04 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1975-04-25 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • 1976-07-04 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israel commander killed freeing Israeli hostages during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, at 30 years
  • 1977-01-03 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide

Person of interestGolda Meir

1978-12-08 Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) known as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, dies in of lymphatic cancer at 80

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • 1980-02-29 Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61

Person of interestMoshe Dayan

1981-10-16 Moshe Dayan, Israel's general/minister of Defense, dies at 66

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • 1982-01-19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1987-07-11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • 1987-08-17 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman, The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1987-11-06 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer (b. 1955)
  • 1988-04-16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • 1988-06-25 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)

Person of interestIrving Berlin

1989-09-22 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1991-02-07 Amos Yarkoni, legendary Israeli soldier (b. 1920)
  • 1992-01-28 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86
  • 1992-02-10 Mau Kopuit, Dutch editor-in-chief (New Israeli Weekly Newspaper), dies

Person of interestMenachem Begin

1992-03-09 Menachem Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel (1977-80, 81-83) and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies of a heart attack at 85

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1992-06-18 Mordecai Ardon, one of Israel's greatest painters (b. 1896)
  • 1992-08-02 Ephraim Katz, Israeli American writer and filmmaker (The Film Encyclopedia), dies at 60
  • 1992-08-08 Eitan Berglas, Israeli banker and advisor, dies at 58
  • 1994-05-24 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
  • 1994-07-04 Tawfik Ziad, Palestinian communist/Israeli MP/mayor of Nazareth, dies
  • 1994-08-20 Kalman Kahana, Polish co-founder of state Israel, dies at 81
  • 1994-10-28 Sjlomo Goren, Polish/Israeli supreme rabbi, dies
  • 1994-12-08 Israel Aaron Maisels, South African lawyer and communal leader, dies at 89
  • 1995-02-19 Shlomo Averbach, Israeli ultra-orthodox rabbi, dies at 84
  • 1995-07-16 Mordechai Gur, Israeli general, commits suicide at 65

MurderYitzhak Rabin

1995-11-04 Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel (1974-77 and 1992-95) and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, assassinated by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir at 73

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1996-01-22 Israel Eldad, Israeli Revisionist Zionist philosopher and member of the pre-state underground group Lehi, dies at 85
  • 1996-05-02 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • 1996-06-02 Amos Tversky, Israeli psychologist (b. 1937)
  • 1997-04-17 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • 1997-06-26 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate (Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World), dies at 38
  • 1998-01-20 Zevulun Hammer, Israeli politician, minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel (1996-98), dies at 61
  • 2000-02-23 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • 2000-11-12 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, (b. 1928)
  • 2001-10-17 Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)
  • 2002-03-29 Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children
  • 2002-09-07 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), dies at 78
  • 2002-11-17 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • 2003-02-18 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • 2004-06-26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer and song-writer (b. 1930)
  • 2004-10-17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • 2005-01-29 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
  • 2005-03-01 Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent (b. 1927)
  • 2005-04-24 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • 2005-08-21 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • 2006-02-14 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • 2006-05-11 Yossi Banai, Israeli singer, dies at 74
  • 2006-12-16 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • 2007-06-19 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Haaretz, dies at 74
  • 2008-02-15 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • 2008-04-12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2008-06-01 Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • 2008-08-25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • 2010-10-28 Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (b. 1934)
  • 2010-12-09 Dov Shilansky, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • 2011-04-04 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist (b. 1958)
  • 2011-05-05 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2012-01-01 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2012-06-30 Yitzḥak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister (1983–84, 1986–1992), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 96
  • 2012-12-19 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader, dies from cancer at 68
  • 2014-01-11 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), dies from heart failure at 85
  • 2014-07-25 Salah Abu Hassanein, leader of Islamic Jihad's military wing, dies in Israeli airstrike
  • 2014-12-10 Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank
  • 2015-08-16 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 2015-11-06 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), dies at 94
  • 2015-11-30 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist, dies at 97

Person of interestShimon Peres

2016-09-28 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient (1994), dies of a stroke at 93

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 2017-02-25 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65
  • 2017-05-03 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), dies at 74