Chronography of Jewish history and the State of Israel
Also events relating to the Palestinian State
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10/5/2021, As Israel commemorated Israel Day, a national holiday marking Israeli victory in the Six Day War, Hamas began firing rockets from Gaza into Israel. Hamas rockets killed 12 Israelis, and Israeli retaliation into Gaza killed 227. The violence continued for 11 days.
13/8/2020, Israel and the United Arab Emirates created diplomatic links; Israel undertook not to �annex more� of the West Bank. Palestinians were disappointed. Israel and the Sunni Arab world have been united by a mutual fear of Shia Iran.
9/4/2019, Benjamin Netanyahu won a record fifth term as President. He intended to take a hard line on the issue of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
19/2/2019, 80 Jewish graves in eastern France were desecrated, in a rising tide of anti-Semitism that had seen a rise of 74% in such attacks in 2018 over 2017.
27/10/2018, Robert Bowers, a white-supremacist, entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA, and shot dead 11 worshippers.
6/12/2017, President Donald Trump of the USA officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and announced that he would move the US Embassy there, from Tel Aviv. There were protests from Palestinians.
14/7/2017, Two Israeli policemen were shot by Palestinians near the Temple Mount, Jerusalem. Israel imposed security measures including metal detectors on Muslim worshippers at the Haram al Sharif Mosque. These measures were seen as part of the Israeli occupation and sparked further protests and riots in Jerusalem.
6/2/2017, The coalition Israeli Government, led by Binyamin Netanyahu, passed a Bill that legalised certain Israeli settlements built on privately-owned Palestinian land.
28/9/2016, Shimon Peres, Labour leader of Israel from 1977, died aged 93.
22/7/2014, A Palestinian rocket landed within 2 kilometres of Israel�s Ben Gurion Airport (see 8/7/2014), causing many airlines to cancel flights to Israel.
8/7/2014, Israel launched a major attack on the Gaza Strip, firing in rockets, followed by a ground invasion, following a series of rockets launched into Israel from Gaza.
2/7/2014, In revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers on 30/6/2014, a Palestinian youth was murdered by Israeli settlers.
11/1/2014, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died, aged 85, after eight years in a coma. See 4/1/2006.
6/9/2007, Israeli warplanes struck a suspected nuclear site in Syria.
26/1/2006, Hamas won elections in Palestine.
25/7/1993. Israeli air strikes on pro-Iranian Hizbullah positions in southern Lebanon.
24/6/1993. Israel announced plans to build a US$ 13 million fence around the Occupied Territories.
17/2/1993. Heavy fighting in Lebanon between Israeli forces and pro-Iranian guerrillas.
16/12/1992. Israel ordered the deportation of 415 Palestinians to Lebanon. The intifada, or Palestinian uprising, was now in its sixth year. However Lebanon refused to accept the deportees and they remained stranded in a no-mans-land between Lebanon and the barbed wire border of Israel�s self-declared security zone.
7/12/1992. Three Israeli soldiers were shot by Islamic militants on the Gaza Strip.
25/10/1992. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin confirmed that Israel did not intend to withdraw from the Golan Heights.
18/10/1992. More violence on the West Bank, as a Palestinian killed an Israeli woman and injured nine other Israelis.
17/3/1992. A suicide bomber with a 200lb bomb destroyed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in revenge for the killing of Sheikh Abbas Mussawi in an Israeli helicopter ambush last month. 29 were killed and 242 injured.
9/3/1992, Menachem Begin, Israeli politician, died.
25/5/1991, 15,000 Black Ethiopian Jews (Falashas) were transported to Israel because of unrest in Ethiopia.
4/1/1991, The UN unanimously voted to condemn Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
8/10/1990. 21 Arabs killed in rioting on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem.
7/10/1990, Israel began handing out gas masks to all its citizens.
20/5/1990 , Intifada rioting in the Palestinian Territories.
14/5/1990, Anti-Semitism resurfaced in France, with the desecration of a Jewish grave in Carpentras.
13/4/1989, Israeli soldiers attacked Arab villagers in the West Bank, killing 6 Palestinians. The soldiers claimed they were attacked by rioting youths, but an investigation in 5/1989 found the soldiers had acted without provocation.
15/12/1988, The USA resumed contacts with the PLO, after a 13-year boycott.
14/12/1988, Yasser Arafat, PLO leader, renounced terrorism and accepted Israel�s right to exist within secure borders.
7/12/1988. Yasser Arafat recognised the existence of Israel.
14/11/1988, In Algiers, the Palestine National Council declared a Palestinian State on the West Bank and Gaza.
25/4/1988, In Israel, John Demanjuk, known as Ivan the Terrible, was sentenced to death for war crimes relating to the gas chambers at Treblinka concentration camp.
16/4/1988, The Palestine Liberation Organisation�s chief military commander, Khalil al Wazir, was assassinated at his Tunis home; the PLO blamed an Israeli hit squad. Mr Wazir had organised many attacks from Lebanon into Israel, and orchestrated the Palestinian intifada in the Occupied Territories.
2/4/1988. Israeli troops killed six Palestinians, the highest total in a single day so far. On 6/4/1988 the first Israeli civilian victim of the fighting died, a 15-year old girl.
24/3/1988, In Israel, Mordecai Vanunu was found guilty of revealing Israeli nuclear secrets to the Sunday Times.
4/3/1988. Israel banned all foreign journalists as the Arab unrest continued.
1/2/1988. Two Arab youths were shot dead by Israeli settlers as the violence in Israel continued, from January 1988.
20/1/1988. The Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, cracked down hard on the Palestinians. Beatings were routine and charity aid to the strike-hit West Bank and Gaza Strip was banned by Israel.
15/1/1988. Arab uprising in Israel began. Sporadic violence had occurred on 8/1/1988.
8/1/1988. Violence in Gaza and Jerusalem as young Palestinians protested after Friday prayers. See 15/1/1988.
3/1/1988. An Israeli air strike in southern Lebanon killed 21 people.
25/12/1987, Israeli security forces cracked down on Arab rioters.
9/12/1987, The Intifada, the popular Palestinian uprising against Israeli authority, began. The protests were soarked when an IUsraeli truck was deliberately driven into a passenger vehicle in Gaza, killing 4 Palestinians. The incident was a revenge attack for the fatal stabbing of n an Israeli a few days earlier. Howevfer Arab tensions wree already high� after over 20 years Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The Intifada continued until the Peace Process of 1993.
16/2/1987, John Demanjuk, also known as Ivan the Terrible, a former car worker who had lived in the US for 40 years, went on trial in Israel accused of murdering hundreds of Jews at Treblinka� He was the second war criminal to be tried in Israel after Adolph Eichmann.
9/11/1986, Israel announced that Mordechai Vanunu, 31, was in �lawful detention� in Haifa but denied he was kidnapped from Britain. On 5/10/1986 the Sunday Times had printed Vanunu�s revelations about Israel�s nuclear arsenal at Dimona, backed up with his photographs. He never collected his money, and was probably lured into a honeytrap by a female Mossad agent, then sent in diplomatic baggage to Jerusalem.
20/10/1986, Yitzhak Shamir succeeded Shimon Peres as Israeli Prime Minister.
6/9/1986. Arab terrorists killed 21 at an Istanbul synagogue.
1/10/1985, The Israeli Air Force bombed the PLO HQ in Tunis.
20/5/1985, Israel freed 1,150 Palestinians in exchange for three Israelis.
16/2/1985, Israel began to withdraw from Lebanon.
3/1/1985, Ethiopian Jews settled in Israel.
20/9/1984, 40 died when a suicide bomber attacked the US Embassy in Beirut.
14/9/1984. Shimon Peres became Prime Minister in Israel.
26/2/1984, US marines pulled out of Beirut.
23/10/1983 A suicide truck bomber destroyed the US Marine Corps barracks at Beirut International Airport, killing 241 US servicemen.
10/10/1983. Shamir became Prime Minister in Israel.
2/9/1983. Israel�s Prime Minister Menachem Begin resigned, and was replaced by Yitzhak Shamir.
26/6/1983. Yasser Arafat was expelled from Syria.
17/5/1983, Israel, Lebanon, and the US signed an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
31/3/1983, President Reagan of the US halted further sales of F-16 fighter aircraft to Israel until it fully withdrew from Lebanon.
9/10/1982, In an attack on a synagogue in Rome, 1 died.
26/9/1982, US President Reagan sent marines into Lebanon on a peacekeeping mission; Italian and French troops were also to arrive, and Syrian and Israeli forces would leave Lebanon. In Israel, 300,000 Israelis had demonstrated against their country�s involvement in the massacres (see 17/9/1982).
25/9/1982, 400,000 people marched in Israel demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
17/9/1982. Lebanese Christian militia massacred hundreds of Palestinian civilians in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Lebanon. This was in revenge for the assassination of Christian president-elect Bashir Gemayel, replaced by his brother Amin.
16/9/1982, Israeli troops now controlled all of Beirut.
15/9/1982, In response to the assassination of the Lebanese President, Israeli troops fought their way into West Beirut.
14/9/1982, Mr Bachir Gemayel, President-elect of Lebanon, was killed when a terrorist bomb destroyed his party HQ in Christian East Beirut.
2/9/1982, The Israeli Government totally rejected President Reagan�s new Middle East Peace Plan, and on 5/9/1982 announced that 13 new settlements were to be built in Gaza and the West Bank.
31/8/1982. Israel ousted the PLO from Beirut, Lebanon.
20/8/1982, A multinational force landed in Beirut to oversee the PLO withdrawal from Lebanon. French troops arrived on 21st August, and US Marines on the 25th.
12/8/1982. Israeli jets bombed West Beirut. The city was divided by the Green Line.
4/8/1982, The UN censured Israel, as its troops were still in Lebanon.
27/7/1982, Israeli jet fighters attacked West Beirut, killing 120 including civilians.
3/7/1982, In Israel, Peace Now organised a protest against the war in Lebanon; 100,000 Israelis took part. However a counter-demonstration was organised by supporters of the war, with 200,000 people, many bussed in from distant Israeli towns.
9/6/1982, Israeli forces in Lebanon were just 3 kilometres south of Beirut Airport and had reached the Beirut to Damascus Highway, where they were fighting against Syrian forces.
6/6/1982. Israel invaded Lebanon, eventually penetrating as far north as Beirut.� The UN Security Council demanded that Israel withdraw.
4/6/1982, Israeli jets bombed guerrilla bases in Lebanon in retaliation for the Argov shooting.
3/6/1982, Israeli Ambassador, Argov, was shot by Palestinians.
25/4/1982. Israel withdrew from the Sinai, after 15 years of occupation.
16/10/1981, Moshe Dayan, Israeli military leader, died in Tel Aviv.
17/7/1981, Israeli bombers destroyed the PLO HQ in Beirut.
30/6/1981, Menachem Begin�s Likud Party did well in Israeli elections. The Israeli air strike at Osirak, Iraq, had helped him.
7/6/1981. Israeli planes bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor then under construction at Osirak, Iraq.
1980, Israel replaced the Pound with a new currency, the Shekel.
3/10/1980. Terrorists bombed a Paris synagogue.
30/7/1980. Israel declared that the undivided city of Jerusalem was its capital.
26/1/1980, Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations. Other Arab nations strongly objected.
8/10/1979, In Israel, the new Tehiya (Renaissance) Party was launched, to resist any further territorial concessions by Israel for peace.
2/4/1979, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin became the first Israeli leader to make an official visit to Egypt.
26/3/1979. In Washington, USA, Mr Begin of Israel and President Sadat of Egypt signed a peace treaty. President Carter oversaw the signing.
10/12/1978. Presidents Menachim Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt shared the Nobel Peace Prize.
8/12/1978. Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel 1969-1974, died, aged 80, in Jerusalem.
27/10/1978, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat were joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
18/9/1978. President Menachim Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt signed the Camp David peace agreement in America, with President Carter of the US. See 10/12/1978. Other Arab leaders were appalled.
5/9/1978, The Camp David Accords; Menachim Begin and Anwar Sadat began peace talks at the Camp in Maryland.
20/8/1978. Gunmen opened fire on an El Al airline bus in London.
20/5/1978. 5 terrorists and 2 policemen were killed at Orly Airport, Paris, after terrorists fired at passengers boarding an Israeli plane.
14/3/1978, Israeli forces, under Operation Litani, invaded Lebanon. This was in retaliation for the bus hijacking on 11/3/1978. Israeli forces occupied a 6 mile deep strip of territory into Lebanon.
11/3/1978, A PLO unit sailed from the south coast of Lebanon, landed in northern Israel, and hijacked a bus. 39 of the passengers were killed near Tel Aviv.
24/12/1977, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin began peace discussions with President Sadat of Egypt.
5/12/1977, Egypt broke with Syria, Libya, Algeria, and South Yemen.
20/11/1977. President Sadat of Egypt became the first Arab leader to visit Israel. He met Israeli PM Menachem Begin in the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement. This outraged many Arabs.
9/11/1977, The Israelis resumed the bombing of Lebanese villages, after a two-year break, in retaliation for Lebanese tolerance of the PLO in their country.
26/7/1977, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin defied a plea from US President Jimmy Carter and ordered more settlements to be built on the West Bank.
18/5/1977. Menachem Begin became President of Israel after his centre-right Likud party coalition won elections, ending 29 years of Labour rule in Israel.
8/5/1977, Dutch art dealer Peter Menten went on trial, charged with murdering Polish Jews in 1941 for financial gain.
3/7/1976. Israeli commando raid at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, freed 103 hostages from a hijacked aircraft. An Air France airbus had been hijacked there by Palestinian guerrillas, on 27/6/1976, from Athens, on a flight to Paris, with 246 passengers and 12 crew. The Israeli commandos flew 2,500 miles and landed in three large transport aircraft in the dark. In just 35 minutes they had killed all the hijackers and the 20 Ugandan troops guarding them as hostages. 31 lives were lost; 3 hostages, 1 Israeli, 20 Ugandan soldiers, and 7 hijackers. 11 Ugandan aircraft, Russian-made Migs, were destroyed, as the Israelis and the 103 rescued hostages made for Nairobi, where they refuelled and flew to Tel Aviv. In response the Ugandans murdered Dora Bloch, a hostage who had been removed to a Kampala hospital after choking whilst on board the aircraft.
29/7/1976, The hijackers (see 27/6/1976 and 3/7/1976) demanded the release of 53 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the 98 Jewish hostages they were holding in Entebbe.
27/6/1976, An Air France airbus on a flight from Athens to Tel Aviv was hijacked by terrorists from the �Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine� and forced to fly to Libya, where all non-Jewish passengers were released. The hijackers then flew to Entebbe, Uganda, see 29/7/1976 and 3/7/1976.
1/9/1975, Kissinger arranged an accord between Israel and Egypt on Sinai.
5/3/1975. Palestinian guerrillas raided a hotel at Tel Aviv, taking 30 hostages. Israeli troops stormed the hotel, killing 7 of the 8 terrorists, and 11 other lives were lost.
2/12/1974, Israel announced that it possessed the capability of manufacturing nuclear weapons.
30/10/1974, All Arab States recognised the Palestinian Liberation organisation (PLO) as the �sole representative of the Palestinian people�.
13/6/1974, Palestinian terrorists killed three Israeli women in Kibbutz Shamir.
3/6/1974, Yitzhak Rabin became Prime Minister of Israel.
31/5/1974, Israel signed a truce with Syria. Israel returned the city of Kuneitra, occupied since the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, to Syria.
12/4/1974. Israeli soldiers destroyed several houses in Lebanon in retaliation for an Arab guerrilla attack on the Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona in which 18 people died.
11/4/1974, Palestinian terrorists killed 18 Israelis, mainly women and children, in a raid on Kiryat Shemona.
10/4/1974. Golda Meir resigned as Israeli Prime Minister. Yitzhak Rabin of the Labour party replaced her on 22/4/1974.
1/1/1974, Golda Meir was re-elected Prime Minister of Israel.
30/12/1973, In London, Joseph Seiff, Jewish head of Marks and Spencer, was shot and injured by an Arab terrorist.
1/12/1973. Death of Israeli statesman David Ben Gurion. Born in 1886 he was one of the founders of the State of Israel and its first President from 1948 to 1963.
20/7/1973. A Japanese Boeing 747 with 123 passengers and 22 crew was hijacked over Holland and forced to fly to Dubai. Later, at Benghazi, the aircraft was blown up by the hijackers. A girl hijacker was killed by a grenade explosion, but all passengers and crew escaped.
7/6/1973, The West German Chancellor Willy Brandt visited Israel.
3/6/1973, Israel freed 96 Arab prisoners in exchange for 3 pilots.
9/4/1973. Arab terrorists attempted to hijack an Israeli plane at Nicosia. One Arab was killed and 7 captured.
14/2/1973, An Israeli fighter jet shot down a Libyan passenger plane over the Sinai Desert, killing 74 passengers and crew.
2/3/1973, Palestinian terrorists murdered the US ambassador to the Sudan, citing �US collusion with Israel� as their motive.
12/1/1973. Yasser Arafat was re-elected leader of the PLO.
8/9/1972. In retaliation for Munich, Israeli jets attacked 10 guerrilla bases in Lebanon.
5/9/1972. Arab terrorists from the Black September terrorist group massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Initially 2 athletes were killed and 9 taken hostage as the terrorists broke into dormitory, and after negotiations with the German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, the kidnappers and their hostages were flown to Furstenfeld military airfield, 25 miles from Munich. Later the terrorists were stormed by German police, and all 9 hostages were killed plus a German policeman and 5 terrorists. 3 terrorists were captured; one terrorist escaped. Police had stormed the kidnappers as they attempted to board a waiting aircraft. The Munich Olympic Games continued.
30/5/1972, Terrorists opened fire on passengers at Lod Airport, Israel, killing 26 and injuring hundreds. Two of the terrorists were shot dead by security guards, and the third was arrested. 116 passengers had just arrived on the Air France plane and filed into the airport baggage area; amongst them were three Japanese belonging to the �Red Army�, a terrorist organisation with links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). They opened their luggage which contained submachine guns, ammunition and grenades and proceeded to sweep the airport with gunfire, throwing grenades into huddled groups of passengers, as security guards struggled to respond. The massacre lasted four minutes. Two terrorists died in the baggage hall, one killed by his own grenade. The third ran out onto the runway, discarding his weapon, but was caught by an El-Al mechanic.
9/5/1972, Israeli troops stormed a hijacked jet at Jerusalem, freeing 92 passengers held hostage by Black September Palestinian terrorists.
17/1/1972, 350 Soviet Jews arrived in Israel.
7/10/1971, Israel refused entry to 21 Jewish Black Americans.
1/2/1971. Israeli troops made a raid into Lebanon.
5/10/1970. Anwar Sadat became president of Egypt, succeeding Abdel Nasser.
30/9/1970, Britain swapped hijack hostages seized by the PLO for the Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled.
28/9/1970. President Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt since 1954, died of a heart attack aged 52, after mediating in the Jordan civil war.
27/9/1970, PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a truce with King Hussein of Jordan after the PLO had been ejected from Jordan in a 10-day fight known to the PLO as Black September.
12/9/1970. Palestinians blew up three hijacked planes. The hijacked British, Swiss, and American planes were taken by the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and flown to Dawson�s Field, a remote desert airstrip outside Amman, Jordan. After days of negotiation, the 300 passengers were released in exchange for 7 Arab detainees. In response King Hussein of Jordan declared martial law and ordered the Palestinian Liberation Organisation to be ejected from his country.
6/9/1970. In one day, 4 aircraft were hijacked in Europe by Arabs. A Swissair DC-8 and a Trans-World 707 were forced to fly to Jordan; a Pan-Am jumbo was blown up in Cairo; and am El-Al 707 hijacking failed after a terrorist was shot dead. On 9/9/1970 a BOAC VC-10 was hijacked en route from Bombay to London. It was forced to land and refuel at Beirut and then fly to Jordan to join the other 2 planes held hostage there.
7/8/1970, Egypt and Israel, both exhausted by their War of Attrition throughout 1970, agreed a ceasefire. Israel remained in occupation of Sinai up to the east bank of the Suez Canal. Egypt retained the west bank of the Canal, and agreed not to site any missiles within 20 miles of it. After a few months Egypt reneged o the missile agreement and sited missiles close to the Canal. Israel protested but took no further action. The strategic depth of the Sinai itself made Israel feel secure.
8/4/1970, Israeli bombs fell on a primary school in the Nile delta, killing 30 children. The bombs were intended for a military base but fell off-target; it was a further reprisal for the sinking on 3/2/1970 of an Israeli ship near Eilat.
2/3/1970. Israel and Syria in the heaviest fighting since the 6-Day War.
12/2/1970, Israeli raid on factories near Cairo; 70 civilians died. This was a further Israeli reprisal for the sinking on 3/2/1970 of an Israeli ship near Eilat.
9/2/1970, The PLO leader Yasser Arafat visited Moscow for talks.
3/2/1970, Egyptian frogmen sank an Israeli supply ship off the Israeli port of Eilat. In reprisal Israeli aircraft sank several Egyptian minesweepers in the Gulf of Suez.
1969, Gadddafi, President of Libya expelled the country�s Jewish population.
29/8/1969. Arab guerrillas hijacked a TWA aircraft en route from Rome to Tel Aviv and force it to land in Damascus.
8/4/1969, Arab guerrillas attacked Eilat. In retaliation, Israeli jets attacked Aqaba, Jordan.
11/3/1969. Golda Meir, aged 70, became Prime Minister of Israel after the death of Levi Eshkol. Mrs Meir remained Prime Minister until her resignation in 1974.
26/2/1969, Levi Eshkol, Prime Minister of Israel, died.
18/2/1969. At Zurich an Israeli aircraft was attacked by four Arabs, injuring 6 passengers; one Arab was killed.
3/2/1969. In Cairo, Yasser Arafat became leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the PLO.
28/12/1968. Israeli commandos in helicopters raided Beirut Airport, destroying 13 Lebanese aircraft.� This was in retaliation for alleged Lebanese toleration of guerrilla raids into northern Israel.
26/12/1968. Two Arab gunmen attacked an Israeli Boeing 707 in Athens, killing one passenger
29/11/1968, Arab guerrillas attacked a potash plant on the Dead Sea. Israeli jets retaliated by blowing up two bridges in Jordan.
23/7/1968. An Israeli Boeing 707, flying from Rome to Tel Aviv, was hijacked and flown to Algeria.
13/6/1965, Martin Buber, Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher, died aged 87.
12/5/1965. West Germany established diplomatic relations with Israel.
14/3/1965, The Israeli Cabinet formally approved the setting up of diplomatic relations with West Germany.
2/6/1964. The PLO was created in Jerusalem.
16/1/1964, Arab leaders announced a plan to divert the headwaters of the River Jordan away from Israel. Israel had previously announced its National Water Carrier Plan to make greater use of the Jordan waters. The issue threatened another Arab-Israeli war., until the Arabs dropped their diversion plan in May 1964.
4/1/1964, Michael Brenner, German-Jewish historian, was born.
28/6/1963, Ahmed Hilmi Pasha, Palestinian leader and one time Prime Minister of the All-Palestine Government, died aged 84.
16/6/1963, Ben Gurion, Israeli Prime Minister, resigned aged 76. He was replaced by Levi Eshkol.
1961, The authoriries closed Moscow�s synagogues.
7/2/1960, Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of scrolls from the Dead Sea area.
24/12/1959, Anti-Semitic riots in Cologne.
26/7/1959. President Nasser of Egypt announced in a speech in Alexandria �I announce from here, on behalf of the United Arab Republic people, that this time we will exterminate Israel�.
25/2/1959, Norway and Israel signed an agreement providing Israel with heavy water, crucial to Israel's atomic program.
8/5/1958, The Supreme Religious Centre for World Jewry was established in Jerusalem.
22/7/1957. Shell and BP announced they would pull out of Israel to pacify some Arab nations, who refused to accept the very existence of Israel.
20/4/1957, The US resumed aid to Israel, which had been suspended on October 1956.
21/2/1957. The 70 year old Israeli president, David Ben Gurion, defied US and UN calls to leave the Gaza Strip. In Jerusalem, thousands of Israelis protested on the streets against the UN�s call for withdrawal. On 22/1/1957 Israeli troops left the Sinai Peninsula, and on 6/3/1957 handed the Gaza Strip over to the UN.
25/1/1957, The UN ordered Israel to quit Aqaba and Gaza.
6/11/1956, �Israeli forces reached Sharm El Sheikh.
29/10/1956. 5.pm. Israeli troops invaded the Sinai Peninsula and troops pushed on towards the Suez Canal, ostensibly to destroy guerrilla strongholds, coming within 20 miles of the Canal. 30,000 tank-supported Israeli troops invaded Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula, in retaliation �for Egyptian attacks on land and sea communications near Gaza�. Israeli forces wanted to reach the gun batteries at Sharm El Sheikh at the tip of the Sinai peninsula which were closing the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping. These batteries were destroyed on 5/11/1956.
This was part of the Suez Crisis in which President Nasser nationalised the canal. See 16/11/1869, 26/7/1956, and 23/6/1956. On 30/10/1956 Britain and France issued an ultimatum to Egypt and Israel to stop fighting and on 31/10/1956 France and Britain invaded the Suez area �to stop the Israeli-Egyptian fighting. Nasser closed the canal by sinking 47 old ships full of concrete in it. In fact this move had been pre-planned with Israel�s co-operation. On 25/10/1956 the� British, French, and Israeli PMs, Anthony Eden, Guy Mollet, and David Ben Gurion, had met in secret at Sevres. On 6/11/1956 Anglo-French forces, 600 British and 487 French paratroopers, seized the Canal itself, having landed at Port Said. The UN ordered a ceasefire on 8/11/1956. The US condemned the invasion and the UN saw the rare sight of US and USSR delegates voting together. The US had threatened not to defend Sterling against a run on international markets against it unless the UK pulled out of Suez.
Because of the fighting, backed by Britain and France, and ended by a UN ceasefire, the Canal was closed for more than six months, blocked by sunken ships. UK petrol rationing began on 23/11/1956, see this date. The Canal closed again during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 and did not reopen until 1975. However by then very large oil tankers had been developed that were too deep to pass through the canal. It is hoped that plans to deepen the Canal and reduce fees will revive the enterprise (2001).
See Egypt for more events of Suez Crisis 1950s
10/10/1956, Two Israeli regiments bombarded a Jordanian police barracks for three hours.
11/9/1956. After sporadic attacks by Jordan along the Israeli frontier, Israel retaliated. A battalion of Israeli troops attacked a Jordanian police post at Rahwa, killing 5 policeman and ten soldiers and destroying the building.
2/11/1955, Ben Gurion formed the new government in Israel.
28/3/1955. Israeli made raids on the Gaza Strip.
20/7/1953, The USSR and Israel restored diplomatic relations.
2/2/1953. The USSR broke off relations with Israel.
8/12/1952, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi became the new President of Israel, succeeding Chaim Weitzmann.
9/11/1952, Chaim Weitzmann, first President of Israel, died aged 77.
10/9/1952, West Germany offered Israel US$ 540 million in compensation for Nazi atrocities.
21/7/1952, The Chief Rabbi of France, Isaie Schwartz, died aged 76.
13/9/1951. UN peace talks between Israel and the Arabs failed.
13/3/1951, Israel demanded 6.2 billion Deutsche marks (1.47 billion US$) compensation from Germany.
14/2/1951. In Israel, Ben Gurion dissolved Parliament after an election defeat.
27/4/1950. Britain recognised the State of Israel
24/4/1950. King Abdullah of Jordan annexed Arab Palestine, the West Bank.
12/1949, Ben Gurion created a new agency for intelligence operations outside Israeli borders. He called it The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations; it is commonly known just as �the Institute�, or Mossad.
13/12/1949, Israel officially moved its capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
5/12/1949, David Ben Gurion, Israel�s first prime minister, proclaimed Jerusalem as Israel�s capital.
23/2/1949, Jews in Berlin protested at the portrayal of Jewish character Fagin in Alec Guinness�s film Oliver Twist.
14/7/1946, Jews who had survived World War Two were massacred in a pogrom at Kielce, Poland.
9/7/1944. The last train carrying Jews to the concentration camps left from Budapest
5/4/1944. The Germans began deporting Jews from Hungary.
2/9/1943. Inmates of the concentration camps in Poland were being used for medical experiments.
16/8/1943. Jews in the ghetto at Bialystock, Poland, rose up.
19/6/1943. Goebbels declared Berlin to be �free of Jews�.
19/4/1943. Polish Jews in Warsaw put up a major fight against the Nazis. This was the first case of serious resistance by the Jews to the Nazis, en masse. The Jews could not win, but they seriously hampered German operations. The Nazis retook the ghetto on 20/4/1943, and massacred the Jews.� The Warsaw ghetto was totally erased from the city.
17/4/1943, Hitler and Ribbentrop demanded that Hungary round up its Jews for extermination in concentration camps; part of the �final solution�. Hungary initially delayed but Germany exercised considerable political influence within Hungary.
17/3/1943, The Bulgarian Parliament voted unanimously against any mass deportation of Bulgarian Jews, as demanded by Germany.
2/9/1942. German SS troops deported and murdered 50,000 Jews from the ghetto in Warsaw.
30/4/1942, The Dzyatlava massacre. About 1,100 Jews were massacred by German authorities in the Kurpiesze forest, near Dzyatlava.
27/4/1942, All Jews in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands were ordered to wear the yellow badge.
26/3/1942. Germany began deporting Jews to Auschwitz concentration camp.
20/1/1942. Reihard Heydrich proposed his �final solution� � to exterminate all of Europe�s 11 million Jews.
See France-Germany for main European events of World War Two
30/11/1941, The first day of the Rumbula massacre near Riga, Latvia. Around 25,000 Jews were killed between this day and December 8.
15/10/1941, The Jewish population of Lubny, Ukraine, and neighbouring towns were ordered to report for relocation. The 1,900 Jews who obeyed the order were taken to an antitank trench outside the town and shot.
29/9/1941. A Nazi death squad murdered 30,000 Russian Jews in Kiev, following the fall of Kiev to the Nazis on 19/9/1941.
15/9/1941, The Nazis began testing the gas chambers at Auschwitz.
31/7/1941. Goering issued an order to Heydrich, a subordinate of Himmler, to draw up a plan for the total extinction of all non-Russian Jews. Heydrich called a conference on 20/1/1942 at Wannsee, a picnic area outside Berlin. Reich administrators were to arrange for this genocide via the concentration camps. Jews were to be forced to labour building roads and many were expected to die of over-work.
17/7/1941, Hitler gave Himmler full authority for �police security� in the newly-occupied areas of Russia. This meant that all Jews in these areas were to be massacred.
6/7/1941, Over 2,500 Jews were murdered by Lithuanian militia under German direction.
5/9/1940, Luxembourg was made subject to the German Nuremberg Laws of 1935, reducing Jews to second-class citizens, and all 555 Jewish-owned businesses in Luxembourg were seized by the Nazis.
3/10/1940, 150,000 Jews living across Warsaw were ordered to move into a ghetto area where 250,000 Jews already lived. They were only allowed to take what they could carry in hand carts.
31/5/1941, Expropriation of Jewish property began in Belgium.
1/5/1940, The Germans converted a small area od Lodz, Poland, into a prison for the city�s 160,000 Jews, with gross overcrowding and limited water supplies.
7/3/1941. Compulsory labour for German Jews began.
25/11/1940, The ship Patria, carrying illegal Jewish migrants, sank in the port of Haifa, 200 died.
15/11/1940. Warsaw�s 35,000 Jews were confined to the ghetto.
22/10/1940, German Jews were deported from the regions of Baden, Saar, and Alsace-Lorraine.
18/10/1940, A Second Nazi Ordinance was issued in Paris relating to the city�s Jews (see 27/9/1940).� Jews were now excluded from a number of occupations, including banking.
27/9/1940. The Nazi Governor of Paris, Helmut Knochen, issued an Ordinance relating to the city�s Jews. A census of Jews was to be taken, all Jewish households had to report to the Prefecture of Police by 20/10/1940 (149,734 Jews registered) and all Jewish owned businesses had to put up a sign indicating Jewish ownership, in both French and German; Enterprise Juif and Judisches Geschaft. See 18/10.1940.
26/9/1940, Walter Benjamin, 48, German Jewish philosopher and social critic, committed suicide.
9/4/1940. Germany began the invasion of Denmark and Norway. In September 1943 Danes became aware that the Nazis were about to round up all Danish Jews. The Danes then began a massive effort to save the Jews. Jewish names on doors were changed to common Danish ones such as Jensen or Hansen, and hundreds of these �Jensens� were suddenly admitted to hospital, or hidden by Danes in their flats and houses. Then some 7,200 Jews, along with 680 non Jews, many married to Jews, were secreted aboard fishing boats and smuggles across to neutral Sweden. Only 447 Danish Jews were captured by the Germans and overall less than 25 of Denmark�s Jews died in the Holocaust.
Danish resistance continued until Allied forces liberated Denmark on 5/5/1945.
27/3/1940, In Poland, Heinrich Himmler ordered the construction of a concentration camp at Auschwitz (formerly known by its Polish name of Osweicim). This location was originally intended as a punishment camp for rebellious Poles.
12/2/1940, Deportation of Jews from Germany began, mainly from the Pomerania region.
26/1/1940, Germany ordered that Polish Jews remain in their place of residence and could not travel. This created the �ghettos� which were in effect temporary concentration camps.
11/12/1939, Germany declared that all Jews living in German-occupied Poland were now liable for 2 years forced labour.
30/10/1939. London published the horrors of the German concentration camps.
28/10/1939. All German Jews had to wear a yellow Star of David.
10/10/1939. Nazis deported Polish Jews to the Lublin ghetto.
23/9/1939. All wireless sets owned by Jews in Germany were confiscated.
1/9/1939. In Germany, Jews were put under a curfew from 8pm in winter and 9pm in summer.
19/6/1939, A market in Haifa was bombed, killing 18 Arabs and wounding 24. A Jew in a nearby street was stabbed to death minutes later.
13/5/1939, �A ship with 937 Jews left Hamburg, many of them former concentration camp inmates, to seek asylum in Cuba. However the Cuban Government declined to take them as did the USA and Dominica. Eventually the ship was ordered back to Germany, and arrived at Antwerp on 17/6/1939. Belgium took 214 of the refugees, France 224, The Netherlands 1821 and the UK 288. The British and French contingents left aboard the cargo ship Rhakotis for Boulogne and Southampton. Only the British bound Jews survived the war.
23/2/1939. The Nazis confiscated jewels and precious metals from the Jews.
17/1/1939. In Germany, Jews were banned from driving.
2/12/1938, 206 German-Jewish schoolchildren arrived in Britain as refugees. This was the so-called Kindertransport: by the end of August 1939 9,354 such children had arrived by boat-train at Harwich from Germany and Austria. For many, their adult families remained.probably to die in the concentration camps. A few adults did manage to obtain visas for England or the USA.
14/11/1938. In Germany, Jews were expelled from colleges.
12/11/1938, The Jewish community was ordered to pay a collective fine of 1,250 million Marks, and in addition pay for all the damage resulting from the Kristallnacht of a few days earlier.
10/11/1938. Anti Semitic laws passed in Italy.
3/12/1938, Heinrich Himmler ordered all driver's licenses of German Jews invalidated.
8/11/1938, Kristallnacht in Germany, when the Nazis burned 267 synagogues and destroyed 7,000 Jewish homes and businesses.� 35,000 Jews were arrested throughout Germany, and 36 people killed. The Nazis prohibited insurance payments to the affected premises; however the glass had to be repaired, and much was sourced from abroad, draining German foreign currency reserves.
7/11/1938, A half-crazed young Jew whose parents of Polish origin had just been deported from Germany fatally shot the Third Secretary of the German Embassy in Paris. This provided Germany with a pretext to further mistreat the Jews.
28/10/1938. 17,000 Polish Jews domiciled in Germany were expelled.
5/10/1938, In Germany, passports held by Jews had to have the letter J stamped in them.
10/8/1938, The synagogue in Nuremberg was destroyed.
14/7/1938. Italy officially adopted anti-Semitism.
27/6/1938. All Austrian-Jewish employees given 2 weeks notice to quit by their employers.
9/6/1938, The synagogue in Munich was destroyed.
7/4/1938. The Nazis seized Baron Rothschild�s bank, and arrested him.
6/4/1938. Leading Jewish figures in Austria were sent to Dachau concentration camp.
15/9/1935. Germany passed the Nuremberg Laws, depriving Jews of German citizenship.
15/11/1933. Germany�s new Reichstag opened. Women and Jewish members were excluded.
29/8/1933. It was officially confirmed that German Jews were being sent to concentration camps.
25/8/1933, The Haavara (�transfer�) Agreement was signed between the Nazi German Government and Zionist Jews. It provided for the relocation of Jews from hostile Germany to what was then British Mandated Palestine, and for these Jews to take some assets that would otherwise have been confiscated by Germany. Advantages to Nazi Germany included the removal of Jews from their territory and a possible easing of sanctions on the country which had been imposed by Jews in the rest of Europe, which were a threat to the still-fragile German economy. The Agreement was cancelled in 1939 after Hitler invaded Poland. Hitler inititally opposed the Haavara Agreement, but supported it in the period 1937-9.
23/7/1933. Germany decreed that importing banned books was punishable with death.
9/5/1933. Hitler ordered the burning of more than 25,000 books. �Un-German� volumes were thrown onto a huge bonfire outside Berlin University. Other similar fires took place in other German cities and over 1 million books may have been burned altogether.
5/5/1933. Hitler proposed a ban on mixed marriages between Jews and Aryans, and to begin sterilisations.
7/4/1933, Germany banned Jews from government employment.
1/4/1933. Nazis seized Jewish bank accounts.
28/3/1933. Hitler ordered a boycott of Jews and Jewish shops. Jewish-owned shops were closed, Jewish professors thrown out of universities, and school textbooks re-written to include �racial science�. Officials of trades unions and employer�s organisations were sacked and replaced by Nazis. The boy scouts were dissolved and replaced by the Hitler Youth organisation, run by the anti-Semitic Baldur Von Schirach.
20/7/1933, 20,000 Jews protested in Hyde Park, London, against Nazi anti-Semitism.
22/3/1933. The Dachau concentration camp was opened on the site of an old munitions factory in Munich to detain Communists and other �political undesirables�. This was the first German concentration camp.
15/3/1933. Hitler proclaimed the Third Reich, which he said would last for a thousand years. Many Jews fled Germany, as Kosher food and left-wing newspapers were banned.
14/3/1933. The Nazis banned Kosher meat.
4/10/1932. Hungary formed a Nationalist and anti-Semitic government.
Nazi German anti-Semitism from 1933
16/8/1923, Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel 1984-86, was born in Poland.
16/8/1921. The Times exposed as a fake the �Protocols of the Elders of Zion�, which purported to be a manifesto for a Jewish conspiracy for world domination.
25/8/1918. The Hungarian government expelled the Jews and confiscated their assets.
20/5/1915, Moshe Dayan, Israeli military commander and politician, was born in Deganya.
16/8/1913, Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel 1977-83, was born in Russia.
4/8/1912, Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat, was born to a wealthy family in Stockholm.� He is famed for saving Jews scheduled for Nazi death camps by giving them Swedish documentation, enabling them to flee to that neutral country. In 1945 he was taken from Budapest as the Soviets occupied the city; he was suspected of espionage and his fate has never been determined.
7/11/1911, Walter Schlomo Gross, Jewish journalist, was born.
18/7/1911, Hermann Adler, British chief rabbi (born 30/5/1839) died.
1910, Jews acquired civil rights in Portugal.
31/12/1908, Simon Weisenthal, noted hunter of Nazi war criminals, was born; he died in 2005.
28/4/1908, Oskar Schindler, Austrian-German industrialist who saved many Jews from death, was born.
13/2/1908, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was encouraging anti-Semitism.
9/9/1906. 100 Jews massacred in Siedlce, Poland.
8/11/1905. In Odessa, Russia, 1,000 Jews were killed when a mob of 50,000 went on the rampage stabbing Jewish men, women, and children.
12/8/1905, Under Russian direction a pogrom of Jews occurred in Bialystock, Poland; 38 were killed and over 200 wounded.
24/5/1905. Anti Semitic riots in Warsaw, many Jews killed.
3/7/1904. Hungarian-born Zionist Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) died in Vienna.� He was a journalist, and the founder of Zionism.� He rejected territories such as Uganda for a Jewish homeland, insisting on Palestine.
11/9/1903, A pogrom at Czetochowa, Poland, many Jews were killed.
4/6/1903. A Russian decree restricted Jewish ownership of property.
19/4/1903, A pogrom began in Kishinev, in which 50 Jews were killed.
1901, Jewish Progressive (Liberal) Movement began.
7/10/1900. Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler was born in Munich. He controlled the concentration camps in which millions of Jews, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah�s Witnesses, and others, died.
13/8/1900, The Fourth Zionist Congress was held in London. Concerns included a rise in antisemitism in Europe in the 1890s, and financing the settlement of Jews in Palestine, an aim for which money was short.
1/4/1899, Maurice de Hirsch, German Jewish philanthropist, died (born 9/12/1831).
3/5/1898, Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel 1969-74, was born.
31/8/1897. World Jewish leaders met in Basle, Switzerland to discuss their hopes for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. 200 delegates from all branches of Judaism came, mainly from east and Central Europe.
1896, Theodor Herzl published �Der Judenstaat�, the start of the Zionist movement.
1893, The Jewish Historical Society of Britain was founded; in part to defend British Jews from prejudice through research that emphsasised their role in British history and society.
3/5/1893, Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister, was born in Kiev, Russia, as Golda Mabovitch, daughter of a carpenter.
1892, Increasing restrictions on the civil rights of Jews in Russia led many to emigrate to Argentina; Baron Hirsch facilitated their resettlement.
1890, The Catholic Church in Italy distributed to� every parish in the country a booklet asserting that Jews were the sworn enemies of all other nations and did not merit equal treatment with other citizens.
21/1/1890, Nathan Marcus Adler, British chief rabbi (born 15/1/1803) died.
16/10/1886, David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israeli in 1948, was born in Plonsk, Poland, as David Green.� He changed his name to Ben Gurion because of its Biblical connotations.
28/7/1885, Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, Jewish philanthropist, died (born 24/10/1784).
13/2/1883. German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner died in Venice aged 69, from a heart complaint. He was infamous for his anti-Semitism.
1882, The first Aliyah (migration) of Jews to Palestine began. This laid the foundations of the modern State of Israel. The second Aliyah (1904-14) was focussed on �redemption of the soil� and personal labour; the co-operatove movement which developed into the Kibbutz began here. The third Aliyah was aimed at establishing a �national home� for the Jews, and the fourth Aliyah (1925) was aimed at escaping Jewish persecution in eastern Europe, especially Poland. The fifth Aliyah (1932) was� the flight from Nazi persecution in Germany.
15/4/1881, Three days of anti-Semitic violence broke out at Elizavetgrad, Russia, rapidly spreading to Kiev, Kishinev, Yalta and Odessa.
13/4/1882, The Anti-Semitic League was founded in Prussia.
13/3/1881, Alexander II, Tsar of Russia since 1855, aged 62, died from injuries sustained when a bomb was thrown at him near his palace, by a Polish student. The assassination was devised by a group of Nihilists headed by Sophia Perovskaya. He was succeeded by his 36-year old son, Alexander III, who reacted to the assassination with great severity, determined to root out sedition in Russia. He also authorised a systematic campaign against Russian Jews, imposing severe restrictions on their worship from 5/1882 onwards. Millions of Jews emigrated from Russia over the next three decades.
1880, Revival of antisemitism in Prussia. The Judenhetze (hounding of the Jews) began.
15/5/1877, Jews in Switzerland were granted full citizenship by the Emancipation Law enacted this day.
1875, Extremely traditional Orthodox Jews founded the Mea Sharim (�Hundred Gates�) district just outside Jerusalem. They do not recognise the State of Israel as it is secular rather than religious, so refuse to pay taxes or do military service, and have their own schools rather than State schools. Rules on dress are strict and only Yiddish is spoken as Hebrew, the language of prayer, is deemed too sacred to use in ordinary speech.
1873, Britain�s third Reform synagogue was established, in Bradford.
1870, Reform Judiasm had become very popular in the USA, where many of the 200 synagogues there had adopted some Reform principles. The Reform movement was making less headway (against Orthodoxy) in Britain. It was not that most British Jews tended towards strict Orthodoxy, but that the externalpressures for Reform present in Germany and the US � to fir in more with secular society � were absent in the UK. Victorian Britons venerated �tradirtional� religion, such as the Church of England, more than they did Non-Conformist branches.
1870, The last Jewish ghetto in Europe, in Rome,� was removed (until the ghetto system was revived by Nazi Germany in the 1940s). Jews were forbidden to leave the ghetto between sunset and sunrise, and on Sundays and Christian Holy Days. Within the ghetto, the Jews were self-governing. Where necessary for their trades, the Jews could hold a market just outside the ghetto, e.g. the Tandelmarkt of Prague. The ghetto was generally very densely built up, and highly destructive fires were common. For fear of plunder, the Jews often refused outside assistance to extinguish the fire on these occasions. Most ghettos had disappeared from European cities by the 1850s.
1867, Jews were granted full citizenship in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, under a new constitution.
1860, Norway allowed Jews to settle there.
2/5/1860, Theodor Herzl, Hungarian Jew who was the founder of Zionism and first President of the World Zionist Organisation in 1897, was born in Budapest.
9/10/1859, Alfred Dreyfus, French army office noted for the �Dreyfus Treason Affair�, was born in Alsace to Jewish parents.
1858, Lionel de Rothschild, aged 41, became the first Jewish MP in British Parliament.
23/7/1858, In Britain, the Oath of Allegiance was modified so as to allow Jews to sit in Parliament.
1856, Britain�s second Reform synagogue was established, in Manchester.
1854, The Oxford University Reform Act allowed Jews to take a degree, a process that had only been open to chapel-attending Christians until then. A similar Act was passed relating to Cambridge University in 1856. However individual Colleges at these universities remained averse to the admittance of Jews as students.
1848, Jews acquired civil rights in Italy,
1845, Britain passed the Jewish Municipal Relief Act, allowing Jews to take up all municipal offices without taking a Christian oath.
12/10/1843, Twelve Jewish men met in a New York cafe to establish the B�Nai� Brith, or �Sons of the Covenant�, to provide assistance to Jewish widows, the elderly, orphans, and victims of persecution. In 1908 the B�Nai Brith had 35,870 membersacross the USA, Germany, Austro-Hungary, Romania, Egypt and Palestine. A UK branch was established in 1910.
1841, The Jewish Chronicle began publication in London. It was founded by Isaac Valentine (1793-1868).
1840, The first non-Orthodox (i.e. Reform) synagogue in Britain was founded; the West London Synagogue.
30/5/1839, Hermann Adler, British chief rabbi, was born (died 18/7/1911).
1837, Spain granted civil rights to the Jews.
1835, The UK Parliament quickly passed the Sheriff�s Declaration Act. This allowed David Salomons (1797-1873), a Jewish banker, who had just been elected as one pf the two Sheriffs of the City of London, to take office without having to take the Christian Oath.
1835, Moses Montefiore became President of the Jewish Board of Deputies in the UK.
1833, In Britain, the barrister profession was opened to Jews. Until this year the requirement for a Christian-based oath at Lincoln�s Inn had debarred this profession to Jews, but in 1833 Francis Henry Goldsmid (1807-78) was allowed to take a modified oath.
9/12/1831, Maurice de Hirsch, German Jewish philanthropist, was born (died 1/4/1899).
1828, Death of Israel Jacobson (1768-1828). He believed in integrating Jewish traditions more to the host country (Germany, here), and incorporate dmany German elements in worship at the synagogue.
1817, Edward Kley founded a �temple� (not, synagogue) in Hamburg where major reforms to Judaism were instituted. Prayers were �for all humanity�, not for a �messianic state in Palestine� (because, said Kley, the Jews could not ask for a State in Palestine when they wanted to become full German citizens. By 1822 Jewish �confirmation� services were being held, modelled on Protestant ones, and separate seating for males and females was abolished. Rabbis in Hamburg strongly objected and even appealed to the Prussian Government to get these �temples� closed down.
1814, Denmark granted equality of citizenship to Jews.
1812, Jews in Prussia gained civil rights. By 1848 Prussian Jews had gained full civil rights.
17/3/1808, In France, Napoleon imposed economic sanctions on the Jews (The �Infamous Decrees�), ruining many. This followed accusation made in 1806 by Louis Count Mole, Napoleon�s Commissioner, that French Jews were evading conscription and fleecing the population through usurious moneylending.
1806, In France, Emperor Napoleon summoned a Jewish �Sanhedrin�, in order to ascertain the suitability of Jews for full French citizenship.
27/9/1791. France granted citizenship to its Jews. This was as a result of the French Revolution.
24/10/1784, Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, Jewish philanthropist, was born (died 28/7/1885).
1782, Emperor Joseph II of Austria gave civic rights to the Jews. However they could not own land in Austria until 1860, with all restrictions removed by 1868.
1763, Touro Synagogue opened in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, for the local Sephardic Jews. It had a sand floor to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt.
1760, The Board of Deputies of British Jews was established in London.
1760, Israel ben Eliezer, charismatic Polish founder of Nasidism, died aged 60.
1746, Sweden allowed Jews to settle there � so long as they were wealthy.
1743, The Jews were expelled from Russia, by Empress Elizabeth. Later readmitted to Russia by Emperor Alexander I, who extended their civil rights in 1805 and 1809 however see 1892.
14/6/1711, The Jewish quarter of Frankfurt was destroyed in what was one of the largest fires in Germany before the 20th century.�
1701, Bevis Marks Synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in Britain, in London EC3, was built for Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Jews.
4/3/1699, The Jews were expelled from Lubeck, Germany.
21/2/1677, Benedict Spinoza, Jewish philosopher, died.
20/4/1657, Jews in New Amsterdam (now, New York) were granted freedom of worship.
27/7/1656, Jewish religious authorities in Amsterdam excommunicated 24 year student Benedict Spinoza for maintaining that the Bible did not support the idea of an immortal soul, or that God has no body, or that angels exist. The secular authorities also banished Spinoza from Amsterdam for a short period. The Jewish community was concerned as Jews still did not have full citizenship rights in Amsterdam.
24/4/1656, The Jews petitioned Cromwell to be allowed to live and trade in England. This was permitted, although� they were denied legal toleration by the Puritan clergy of England. The first synagogue was built in Creechurch Lane, London, 1657, and the second (which still exists today) was the Spanish/Portuguese synagogiue at Bevis Marks, London, built 1701. Jewish civil rights increased only gradually in England. In 1723 they were able to give evidence in Court, when the words �on the true faith of a Christian� were dropped from the oath. In 1753 they were awarded full rights of naturalisation but under popular protest this was speedily revoked.� Until 1828 the maximum number of Jewish brokers in the City of London was limited to 12, and these were heavily taxed. From 1833 an English Jew could become a barrister, and from 1847 Jewish marriages gained the same legal recognition as Christian ones. From 1853 they could become Alderman and Lord Mayor. In 1846 Jewish schools gaimned the same legal standing as dissenting Protestant schools, and in 1871 the University Test Act allowed Jews to graduate at British universities. In 1858 the British Parliamentary Oath was modified to allow Jews to become MPs. In 1885 the first Jew became a member of the House of Lords, when Baron Rothschild became a peer.
1655, The last Auto-da-Fe in Portugal, a burning alove of supposedly converted Jews (to Christianity) who were suspected of still being secret Jews.
1655, Sephardic Jews from Brazil established a congregation in New Amsterdam (New York), despite the efforts of Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant to exclude them.
15/10/1655, The Jews of Lublin, Poland, were massacred.
1654, The colony of Martinique gave sanctuary to 300 Jews who had been expelled from Brazil.
27/1/1654, Some 150 Sephardic Jewish families fled Brazil for the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam (now, New York). The colony mamnager Peter Stuyvesant wanted to expel these Jews, but the company refused.
1648, Greek Orthodox peasants in Ukraine began a massacre of all Jews who would not convert to Christianity. Politically, Ukraine was seeking independence from Poland; the Polish nobility owned much land along the Dneiper River, and employed Jews as tax collectors.
24/11/1632, Benedict Spinoza, Jewish philosopher, was born in Amsterdam.
1/2/1620, Mario de Calasio, scholar of the Hebrew Bible, died (born 1550).
1603, The Jews were permitted to settle in Holland; however they did not acquire full citizenship rights until 1796.
13/8/1599, Johannes Buxtorf, Hebrew scholar, was born (died 1664).
1588, Pope Sixtus V allowed the Jews to settle in the Papal States.
1573, The Jews were expelled from Brandenberg.
25/12/1564, Johannes Buxtorf, German Jewish scholar, was born (died 1629).
12/7/1555, The Jewish Ghetto in Rome was created, on the orders of Pope Paul IV.
1553, The Jews were expelled from Bavaria.
1551, Persecution of the Jews began in Bavaria.
1550, The Jews were allowed to settle in Bayonne and Bordeaux.
27/11/1518, Daniel Bomberg completed the Rabbinical Bible.
1516, In Venice, the city established a special area for Jews to live. Built on the site of a former ironworks, it was called the ghetto nuovo, the Italian for �casting� being getto. Jews specialised in finance, and were a useful source of tax revenue. The Italian word getto itself derives from the Latin jactus or iactus, casting or founding iron. An alternative derivation (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910, vol.11, p.920) is from the Italian borghetto, dimutive of borgo, a borough.
Meanwhile many other Jews had moved to the Muslim areas of North Africa or the Balkan provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
1509, Persecution of the Jews in Germany began, led by a former Jew now converted, Johann Pfefferkorn, under the leadership of Maximillian I.
1506, In riots in Lisbon, almost 4,000 Jews were massacred.
5/12/1497, King Manuel I of Portugal proclaimed an edict in which he demanded that Jews convert to Christianity or leave the country.
1494, The Jews were expelled from Tuscany.
31/12/1492, About 100,000 Jews were expelled from Sicily.
30/3/1492. The Jews were expelled from Spain by edict of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella unless they agreed to convert to Roman Catholicism. Under the Moslem rule, the Jews had benefited from tolerant Arab rulers. But the last Moslem state was conquered by Christian Spain on 2/1/1492 when Granada fell. On 30/3/1492 �the 150,000 strong Jewish community was ordered out by Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand. Urban anti-Semitism in Spain had been growing for years, and the Spanish Inquisition, founded in 1487, made things worse. See 12/2/1502.
1489, The Jews were expelled from Milan and Lucca.
1488, The Jews were expelled from Parma.
1486, The Jews were expelled from Vicenza.
14/3/1486, Queen Isabella of Castile decreed that150,000 Jews within Spain must convert to Christianity or be expelled.
1485, The Jews were expelled from Perugia, Italy.
1/1/1483, Jews were expelled from Andalusia.
1476, The Jews were expelled from Ratisbon.
1454, The Jews were expelled from the cities of Moravia.
5/10/1450, Jews were expelled from Lower Bavaria by order of Ludwig IX.
1424, The Jews were expelled from Cologne.
1421, The Jews were expelled from Vienna and Linz.
17/9/1394, King Charles VI of France ordered the expulsion of all Jews from France.
1391, The Jews were expelled from Prague.
5/8/1391, Anti-Jewish riots spread to Toledo, Spain and Barcelona. Many Jews left Barcelona after the following massacres, though many remained in the city.
6/6/1391, Anti-Jewish riots broke out in Seville, Spain. Many thousands of Jews were massacred and the violence spread throughout Spain and Portugal. Some 200,000 Spanish Jews were forcibly �converted� to Chrstianity. Many others were burnt alive.
1390, The Jews were expelled from Nuremburg.
5/11/1370. King Casimir III of Poland died in a hunting accident, aged 60, after a 30 year reign. He had repulsed a Mongol invasion, annexed Galicia, and encouraged the immigration of Jews to serve as bankers and tax collectors. He founded the University of Cracow, and codified the law and administration.
21/3/1349, Many of the 900 strong Jewish community of Erfurt (Germany) were� murdered by the rest of the population which accused them �of causing of the Black Death. Pope Clement VI issued two Bulls declariung the Jews innocent, but the persecution continued, with many fleeing to Poland and other regions of eastern Europe.
14/2/1349, 2,000 Jews were burned to death in Strasbourg.
1334, King Casimir III of Poland began to encourage Jewish immigration, granting the Jews extensive priveliges.
24/6/1322, Jews were expelled from France for third time.
1306, Jews were expelled from France by King Philip IV.
1301, In Valencia, Spain, 11,000 Jews were compelled to become baptised as Christians on pain of death. Elswehere in Spain, the entire Jewish population of towns were massacred.
20/4/1298, Beginning of the Rintfleisch-Pogrom, the Jews of R�ttingen were burned en masse, other Jewish communities were destroyed later in the year.
1293, Jewish communities in southern Italy had almost been destroyed after three years of persecution.
18/7/1290, King Edward I of England ordered all Jews (then numbering around 16,000) to leave England by November 1 (All Saints Day). This enabled him to seize their assets, and not repay debts owed to them. London�s Jews were expelled; they had lived in the area known as Old Jewry. The Italians, who wished to handle English banking, had persuaded Edward I to take this move.
17/11/1278, In England, 680 Jewish people were imprisoned in the Tower of London for coin-clipping, out of a total Jewish population in England at that time of around 3,000. 293 of them were executed a year later. Christians accused of coin-clipping were treated much more leniently, with often just a fine imposed.
1275, King Edward I of England ordered that all Jews above the age of 7 wear a yellow patch on their clothes 6 inches by 3 inches.
19/6/1269, King Louis IX of France ordered all Jews found in public without an identifying round yellow badge to be fined ten livres of silver. This had led to accusations that Louis IX was the inspiration for the Nazi anti-Semitic policies of the 1930s.
1252, Louis IX of France expelled the Jews.
1243, The Jews were expelled from Brandenburg.
6/1242, Louis IX of France organised a major book burning of 24 cartloads of Jewish books, mainly copies of the Talmud.
1241, The Jews were expelled from Frankfurt. In England the Earl of Leicester expelled the Jews from Leicester.
1225, The Jews were expelled from Mecklenburg.
1222, In England the Synod of Oxford confirmed the anti-Semitic measures of the Fourth Lateran council (1215). Jews were also prohibited from holding public office.
1215, The Fourth Lateran Council in Rome set out anti-Semitic measures that included forcing Jews to wear distinctive clothing and a yellow Star of David. This was to prevent marriages between Jews and Christians. 28/1/1167, Abraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra, Jewish scholar, born in Toledo, Spain, ca. 1092, died.
1163, First confirmed presence of Judaism in China. A synagogue was established at Kaifeng in 1163.
1103, Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, protected the Jews within his realm.
13/12/1204. The Jewish rabbi, lawyer, and philosopher Maimonides died, aged 69 (born 1135), in Cairo.
1196, The Jews were expelled from Vienna.
8/5/1190. After some six months of increasing persecution, 500 Jews were massacred in York after they had taken refuge in the Castle there. The Jews were killed by groups of young men after a three day siege before these men were due to depart on a Crusade, backed by people who were deeply in debt to Jewish moneylenders. Because certain professions like moneylending were forbidden to Christians, these came to be dominated by Jews. King Richard I, crowned on 2/9/189, showed his dislike of the Jews� by forbidding any to attend his coronation feast, and anti-Semitism was on the rise in England from then.
1182, The Jews were expelled from Paris by order of King Philip II of France.
The persecution of the Jews across Europe coincided with the start of the climatic cooling known as the Little |Ice Age, ca. 1200 � 1800, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age
1163, A synagogue was founded at Kaifeng, China.
1140, Spanish Rabbi Judah ben Samuel ha�Levi died aged 55.
30/3/1135, The great Jewish teacher Moses ben Maimon (Maimonedes) was born in Cordoba. See 13/12/1204.
850, German Jews began to develop a new language, Yiddish. This was an amalgam of German, Jewish and other languages.
9/11/694, Hispano-Visigothic King Egica accused the Jews of aiding the Muslims, and sentenced all Jews to slavery. From 711 these Spanish Jews were freed by the Arabs.
637, Jerusalem was captured by Arab forces under Omar. However until the city�s capture by the Seljuk Turks in 1071, Christian pilgrims were well tolerated. For the history of Jerusalem from 637 onwards see Christian History.
619, Jerusalem was sacked by the Persians.
499, Rabbi Abina II, head of the Sora Academy 437-499, died.
427, Rabbi Ashe (375 � 427), head of the Jewish Academy of Sora in Babylonia, died.
279, The Jewish Rabbi (teacher) Johanan died in Tiberias. In Tiberias, Jewish scholars published a collection of Jewish laws and customs, known as the The Talmud; this comprised the Mishnah, plus commentaries known as the Gemara.
219, Death of Rabbi Jehuda ha Nasi (born 135). He put in writing the previously oral Jewish interpretations known as te Mishnah,
189, Rabbi Yehuda codified the sayings of Moses and the Mishnah.
135, A Jewish uprising under Bar Kokhba ended (began in 122). After this was suppressed by the Romans, Judea was deliberately razed, with almost all former Jewish/Judean towns and villages, some 985 places altogether, flattened and the countryside depopulated. The city of Jerusalem was changed to the pagan city of Aelia Capitolina, and no Jew permitted to enter there.
115, Jewish revolt in Cyrenecia against Roman rule.
15/4/73, To escape enslavement the male Jewish defenders of Masada, about to be overwhelmed by the Romans, killed the women and children and then committed suicide.
8/9/70. Jerusalem was stormed� by the Romans after a two year siege. This ended a revolt by the Jews that began in 66. Only in Masada did the Jews still hold out for a while. See Roman Empire
37, Josephus, Jewish historian, was born.
26, Pontius Pilate appointed as Prefect of Judea.
18, Caiaphas became High Priest in Jerusalem.
For Roman conquest of Palestine see also Roman Empire
10 BCE, Herod I completed a major seaport at Caesarea.
20 BCE, The Temple in Jerusalem was rebuilt by Herod the Great, who �had converted to Judaism as a youth.
38 BCE, Anti-Jewish pogroms in Alexandria; many synagogues were destroyed.
103 BCE, Aristobulus I died aged 38 and was succeeded by his brother Alexander Janneus. Janneus, a selfish and cruel character, made further conquests for Judea and ruled iuntil 76 BCE. One of Janneus� first acts as King was to murder his brother, a rival clamant for the throne.
104 BCE, John Hyrcanus died after a 30-year reign. He was succeeded by his 37-year-old son who ruled briefly as Aristobulus I. he completed the conquest of Galilee and Judaised the people of Hurae.
110 BCE, The Jewish military leader John Hrycanus conquered Samaria.
112 BCE, Emergence of the Sadducees and Pharisees in Palestine.
134 BCE, Simon Maccabbeus was assassinated by his son-in-law, the Governor of Jericho. Simon�s sons, Mattathias and Judah, were also killed, but he was succeeded by his one surviving son, John Hyrcanus, who ruled Judea until 104 BCE. Hyrcanus extended Judean rule into Samaria, Idumea, and lands east of the Jordan.
135 BCE, Simon Maccabbeus, successor to Jonathan Maccabbeus, expelled the Syrians from Jerusalem again.
141 BCE, Judea was completely liberated from Syrian rule whilst Demetrius was occupied with conquering Babylon. Judea remained independent until 63 BCE.
142 BCE, The boy ruler Antiochus VI died and was succeeded by the son of Demetrius I Soter, who ruled as Demetrius II Nicator.
143 BCE, A usurper to the Syrian throne, Tryphon, killed Jonathan Maccabbeus;Jonathan was succeeded by his older brother, Simon Maccabbeus, who succeded in driving the Syrians out of Jreuslaem and making it virtually an independent state. Judea began to mint its own coins and sent an ambassador to Rome.
145 BCE, In Syria, Alexander Balas was killed in battle near Antioch, by forces under Demetrius II, and Ptolemy VI Philometor and his son by Cleopatra Thea. The son became ruler as Antiochus VI until 142 BCE under a regent.
150 BCE, The Syrian usurper Alexander Balas, claiming to be a son of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, overthrew Demetrius I Soter in battle and killed him. Balas was supported by the Romans and ruled until 145 BCE.
162 BCE, Antiochus V of Syria was deposed and killed by his cousin, Demetrius I Soter, who ruled until 150 BCE.
163 BCE, Antiochus IV of Syria died and was succeeded by his 10-year-old son who briefly ruled as Antiochus V under the regency of Lydia. Peace was made with the Jews.
165 BCE, Judas Maccabbeus reconsecrated the Temple at Jerusalem after expelling the Syrians. There was only enough oil in the Temple Lamp to burn for one day but somehow the lamp stayed alight for eight days. This is commemorated today in the Jewish festival of Chanukah.
168 BCE, King Antiochus IV, whilst persecuting the Jews, destroyed the Temple at Jerusalem. He outlawed Judiasm and tried to Helenise the Jews by erecting staues of Greek gods for worship across Judea. Previously, the historian and priest Manetho had spread his anti-Jewish ideas across ancient Greece.
198 BCE, Antiochus III, King of Syria, took Palestine from Egypt.
255 BCE, The Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament, was written. Anti-Jewish polemics were written in Egypt.
305 BCE, The Seleucid Empire, which ruled Babylonia and Syria until 64 BCE, was established by Seleucus (Nicator) (then aged 53).
307 BCE, Antigonus I was killed at the Battle of the Kings at Ipsus. Palestine reverted to Egyptian rule.
312 BCE, Antigonus I became King of Judea.
314 BCE, Palestine came under the rule of the Seleucids of Syria.
350 BCE, Revolt by Persian Jews against the rule of King Artaxerxes III.
409 BCE, Renegade Jews (Samaritans) built a rival Temple to Jehovah on Mount Gerizim, to rival the one in Jerusalem.
440 BCE, Judean Law forbade intermarriage beteeen Jews and non-Jews.
445 BCE, Nehemiah completed the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah wrote the book of Nehemiah (16). The book of Malachi (39) also completed about this time. This completes the generally accepted 39 books of the Old (Hebrew) Testament. See Christianity for books of the New (Christian/Greek) testament.
458 / 457 BCE, The Jewish prophet Ezra travelled to Jerusalem to restore the Law of Moses.
455 BCE, The command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, issued by Nehemiah and Ezra.
Ca. 460 BCE, Ezra wrote the books of 1 Chronicles (13), 2 Chronicles (14), Ezra (15). The book of Psalms (19) was also completed about this time.
Ca. 475 BCE, Mordecai wrote the book of Esther (17).
See Iran for events in Persia from 499 BCE onwards.
10/3/515 BCE, Proposed date for the completion of the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. If this was the end of the �Seventy years of desolation�, it would correlate with a Babylonian exile date of 586 BCE.
Note also that the numbers �forty� and �seventy� in the Bilbe may refer to specific time periods, or may symbolise, respectively, an extended period of testing or trial and a �complete period�. In reconstructing Bible chronology it is important but very difficult to determine which instances are literal and which are symbolic of �many years�.
520 BCE, The books of Haggai (37), Zechariah (38) were completed about this time.
521 BCE, Persian nobles chose Darius I �(Hystapes) as successor to his father-n law, Cambyses II, after a period of civil war
522 BCE, Death of King Cambyses II, som of King Cyrus, King of Persia 529 � 522 BCE. Cambyses II conquered Egypt in 525 BCE.
529 BCE, Death of Cyrus.
5/10/539 BCE. Persian soldiers were encamped outside Babylon. Late in the night they invaded Babylon across the partly-dried up bed of the river; the city�s gates had been left open. The river itself had been diverted by the Persians upstream of Babylon into a nearby depression (maybe, dried-up lake?).
547 BCE, Cyrus the Great of Persia (553-529 BCE) overthrew Croesus, last King of Lydia (561-547 BCE).
549 BCE, Death of the last Median King, Astyages (acceded 584 BCE). Under his reign,Median armies had campaigned as far afield as Azerbaijan and Lydia (in Turkey); however by the 550s BCE Media was under pressure both from Babylon to the south and from Persia to the east.
See also Iran
556 BCE, Accession of Nabonidus, last King of Babylon (to 539 BCE). He moved the royal court to the Arabian oasis of Tema. Popular discontent by the Babylonians rose under his reign.
585 BCE, Death of the prophet Jeremiah. He authored the books of 1 Kings (11), 2 Kings (12), Jeremiah (24)
560 BCE, Evil-Merodach was deposed and killed. He had released the Jewish King Jehoiachim from captivity.
Ca. 582-562 BCE, King Nebuchadnezzar II died. He was succeeded by his son, Evil-Merodach (Amelmarduk).
Ca. 568 BCE, King Nebuchadnezzar II conquered Egypt.
Ca. 573 BCE, King Nebuchadnezzar II conquered Tyre.
587 BCE, King Zedekiah, installed as puppet ruler of Judah by the Babylonians,rebelled against them. After a siege of Jerusalem, the Baylonians captured it and sacked the city, deporting many of its inhabitants into exile. During this exile the books of Ezekiel (26) was completed.
590 BCE, The Medes, over whom the Scythians had assisted the Assyrian conquest of, now turned on the Scythians and pushed them back north into the steppelands.
607. BCE. Jerusalem was conquered by Babylon, King Jehoachim was deposed, and the Jews began a 70 year exile. Soon after this exile began, Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations (25). Many sources put the Exilic date some 20 years later around 588-586 BCE. However, see 537 BCE, and then the date of Jeremiah�s death (who began his prophesying ca 647 BCE) must also be put a little later than 585 BCE. The Kingdom of Judah had been a block on Babylonian expansion to the west and they were keen to remove this barrier.
The book of Obadiah� (31) was also completed about this time.
608 BCE, End of Josiah�s rule as King of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon took control of Judah.
609 BCE, A small remnant of the Assyrian Empire had clung on �around Harran. A new Assyrian ruler, Ashuruballit, had emerged and attempted to rally his people, but this attempt failed. This year this Assyrian remnant too fell to Babylon.
612 BCE, Battle of Nineveh. The Assyrian capital Nineveh itself was sacked by Baylonian forces.
615 BCE, The Scythians had until this point been allies of Assyria, assisting the Assyrians to conquer Media; Scythian King Bartatua had even been given an Assyrian princess as wife. However this year the Scythians switched sides and began to support Babylon against Assyria.
Ca. 617 BCE, Daniel and Ezekiel taken to Babylon.
Ca. 620 BCE, Nebuchadnezzar II became King of Babylon
630 BCE, Assyria having never recovered from its disastrous over-extension into Egypt (670s-660s), was now in retreat on many fronts.
Ca. 641 BCE, Josiah became King of Judah.
642 BCE, King Manasseh of Judah died.
Ca. 647 BCE, Jeremiah commissioned as a prophet.
652 BCE, A Babylonian rebellion threatened the Assyrian Empire, but was suppressed in 649 BCE. The rebellion was led by Shamash-Shuma-Ukin, against his younger brother, Ashurbanipal. Although the rebellion was suppressed, it weakened Assyrian power, also that of their allies the Elamites.. By 630 BCE Assyria had lost control over Egypt and Palestine, and in 626 BCE Babylon again recovered its independence.
662 BCE, The Assyrians returned to Egypt and sacked Thebes. This was the zenith of Assyrian power.
668 BCE, Memphis, Egyptian capital,was again captured by the Assyrians under King Ashurbanipal. Egypt had supported Syrian rebels against Assyria.
669 BCE, Ashurbanipal became King of Assyria. The last ruler of the Sargonid Dynasty, which governed for over a century, his rule brought great prosperity to Assyria. However after his death, ca. 630 BCE, Assyria crumbled and was invaded by Babylon.
671 BCE, Assyrian King Esarhaddon captured Memphis, the capital of Egypt.
681 BCE, Sennacherib was assassinated by his two sons, Adrammalech and Sharezer; they in turn were defeated by their brother Esar-Haddon, who then became King of Assyria. Esar-Haddon subsequently conquered Egypt, driving out its Ethiopian ruler, Tirhakah. Egypt, however, proved to be an over-extension of Assyrian power and they withdrew in the 660s.
682 BCE, Judah fell to the Assyrians.
697 BCE, Manasseh (born 709 BCE) became King of Judah. Isaiah wrote the book of Isaiah (23) about this time.
693 BCE, Sennacherib, King of Assyria. destroyed Babylon. The city was later rebuilt under King Esar-Haddon, and became a major commercial centre. This increased status led to its rebellion against Assyria in 652 BCE.
705 BCE, Sennacherib became King of Assyria. He moved the Assyrian capital to Nineveh. He had to deal with rebellions in Syria. It was one of these expeditions, to plunder Judah in 701 BCE, that is referred to in the Bible at 2 Kings 19:35 where it says �The Angel of Jehovah killed 185,000 Assyrians overnight�. The Assyrians account says that the Assyrians withdrew because King Hezekiah agreed to pay more tribute; Sennacherib may also have returned to Assyiria to put down a revolt �or perhaps the revolt was caused by his military failure. In any event Jerusalem and the Temple were spared destruction. The book of Micah (33) was completed about this time.
714 BCE, King Sargon II of Assyria defeated Urartu and sacked its main religious city of Musasir.
721 BCE, The Kingdom of Israel (founded ca.933 BCE) was conquered by the Assyrians under King Sargon II. Its Ten Tribes were deported to central Asia where they vanish from the historical record; the Lost Tribes of Israel.
722 BCE, Sargon II became King of Assyria (to 705 BCE). He defeated a combined Egyptian-Gazan force in 719 BCE.
Meanwhile Israel, who had stopped paying tribute taxes to again when Tiglath Pileser III died, was invaded by the Assyrians who killed Hoshea and installed a Governor. Tens of thousands of Israelites were deported, to work on irrigation and agricultural projects across Assyria.
727 BCE, King Tiglath-Pileser III died. King Shalmaneser IV became King of Assyria. He campaigned against Persia, �blockaded Tyre for five years and invaded Israel. He also attacked Samaria, but died before they surrendered.
735 BCE, King Pekah of Israel, by then a vassal-state to Assyria, joined Damascus and other Syrian cities in a tax revolt against Tiglath-Pileser III. In retaliation, Assyria destroyed Damascus in 732 BCE aqnd annexed the fertile northern regions of Israel. The Israelites assassinated King Pekah and installed the pro- Assyrian King Hoshea instead,
744 BCE, Tiglath-Pileser III became ruler of Assyria. He ruled until 727 BCE. He recovered earlier Assyrian territorial losses.
750 BCE, Amos prophesied in Israel. Books of Hosea (28), Joel (29), Amos (30) completed about this time.
783-744 BCE, Assyria endured a period of instability, when the rule of the kings was weak, there were frequent coups, and rival rulers vied for power.
783 BCE, Under King Jeroboam II, Israel enjoyed period of prosperity. The book of Jonah (32) was completed about this time.
842 BCE, An Israelite soldier, Jehu, founed as new dynasty.
853 BCE, King Shalmaneser III of Assyria won the Battle of Qarqar against a coalition led by the King of Damascus.
Ca. 854 BCE, Death of King Ahab of Israel.
859 BCE, The death of King Assur-Nazir-Pal of Assyria. Under his rule, Assyria had become the principal world power. He was succeeded by his son, Shalmaneser II, who conquered Babyon. He also exacted tribute from Damascus and Israel (Kings Ahab and Jehu).
Ca. 875 BCE, Accession of King Ahab of Israel.
878 BCE, King Assur-Nazir-Pal of Assyria had conquered most of the eastern Mediterranean, including Phoenicia. Assyria would give vassal State Kings an offer they couldn�t refuse; accept our overlordship, and we leave you in peace, or resist and we put you to death cruelly. Vassal States could even keep their own religion, so long as they �acknowledged� that Ashur, chief God of Assyria, was divine overlord over their Gods too. Rebellion against Assyria then became a religious as well as political crime, so was punished severely.
880 BCE,The city of Nimrud was made capital of the Assyrian Empire.
Ca. 907 BCE, Jeroboam I, first King of Israel, died.
912 BCE, Death of Assyrian King Ashur-Dan II. Under his rule Assyria regained power and prosperity; agriculture was promoted. His successor, Adad-Nirari II, increased the extent of the Assyrian Empire, regaining lands that had been part of the Middle Assyrian Empire in the 1200s BCE.
Ca. 917 BCE, Rehoboam I, first King of Judah, died.
926 BCE, Sheshonk I of Egypt attempted an invasion of Israel and Judah, but failed.
Ca. 931 / 922? BCE, �Solomon died. Israel split into kingdoms of Israel and Judah, when 10 northern tribes, out of the 12 seceded from Judah to form Israel; they were protesting at high taxation. Rehoboam I became ruler of Judah; Jeroboam I became ruler of Israel.
934 BCE, The Assyria state began to revive after a 100-years �dark ages�; Royal records recommenced under King Ashur-Dan II.
973 BCE, King Solomon began construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. He also about this time wrote the books of Ecclesiastes (21), Song of Solomon (22) and contributed to the book of Proverbs (20).
973 BCE King Solomon began ruling, for 40 years.
1005 BCE. King David began reigning in Jerusalem. He succeeded Saul.
Ca.1015 BCE, King David born.
Ca. 1025 BCE (1020?), Samuel anointed Saul as first King of Israel. The Bible books of 1 Samuel (9). 2 Samuel (10) were written
Ca. 1250 � 1020 BCE, Period of the Judges. Peace and unity prevailed amongst the 12 Tribes of Israel. The Bible books of Judges (7), Ruth (8), were written.
1146 BCE, King Nebuchadnezzar I began a 23 year long reign of Babylon.
(1254?? BCE) Joshua died.
Ca. 1200 BCE, Hittite capital of Hattusas was destroyed by invaders.
1258 BCE, The Hittites advanced down the eastern Mediterranean coast towards Egypt, but did not invade there as they fought battles with the Assyrians and also with Greek adventurers in what is now northern Turkey. A peace treaty was signed between Pharoah Ramses II and the new Hittite ruler, Hattusilis III. Ramses II took two Hittite princesses in marriage, making a total of around seven wives in total.
1274 BCE, Major battle at Kadesh (now in northern Lebanon) between the Hittites and the Egyptians. Pharaoh Ramses II blundered into a trap and barely managed to escape; he retreated back to Egypt. The Hittites retained control of northern Levant.
1300, The Hittites had absorbed Arzawa, a kingdom in SW Turkey.
1320-1350?, The Hittites (central Turkey; from whose name, Hatay) and the Assyrians had between them taken over the kingdom of Mittani (which lay between them).
Ca. 1473 BCE, Moses died. Joshua succeeded Moses as leader, and began to write the book of Joshua (6).
Ca. 1513 BCE. The Jews left Egypt after the 10 Plagues. Moses began to write the Pentateuch; the books of Genesis (1), Exodus (2), Leviticus (3), Numbers (4), Deuteronomy (5). He also wrote the book of Job (18).
Ca. 1593 (Jerome) BCE, Moses born. See also Egypt.
1590 BCE, Death of King Mursilis of the Hittites; acceded ca. 1620 BCE,
1595 BCE, The Hittites sacked Babylon. However this victory was short lived; they were soon beaten back and their area of control shrank back westwards again.
1650 BCE, The Hittites had assembled an extensive kingdom in central Anatolia, with its capital at Hattusas.
Ca. 1711 BCE, Jacob died
Ca. 1728 BCE, �Jacob moved his family to Egypt. See also Egypt.
1750 BCE, Death of Hammurabi, 6th King of the 1st Dynasty of Babylon, ruler from 1792 BCE. He is noted for the comprehensive legal system, containing 282 laws, which he drew up.
1755 BCE, King Hammurabi of Babylon conquered most of northern Mesopotamia, capturing the city of Eshunna after diverting its water supply.
1762 BCE, King Hammurabi of Babylon defeated the kingdoms of Elam to the west and Larsa/Sumer to the south.
1781 BCE, Death and end of the reign of Shamshi-Adad; acceded 1813 BCE. He conquered northern Mesopotamia to create the Kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia, with its capital at Shubat-Enlil. This kingdom later became the Assyrian Empire. Shamshi-Adad was succeeded by his son, Ishme Dagan, during whose reign Assyria declined, allowing the ascendancy of Babylon in the region. Babylon had formerly been a vassal state of Assyria.
2004 BCE, The city of Ur fell to the Elamites; end of the Kingdom of Ur.
2047 BCE, King Shulgi of Ur died. His country started disintegrating. The Amorites (from modern-day Syria) made constant raids, despite a 150 km wall built by Ur to keep them out. By 2028 BCE Ur�s cities were no longer paying taxes to the centre, and the state finances collapsed. In 2004 BCE raiders sacked Ur and took its last king into slavery. Egypt, however, continued as a viable state.
2094 BCE, Shulgi became King of Ur.
2095 BCE, End of the reign of Ur-Nammu, of Ur (reign began ca. 2112 BCE?-founder of the 3rd Dynasty).
2150 BCE, The mountain people of Gutium (nomads living in the mountains on what is now the Iran/Iraq border) attacked the Akkadian Empire. Former Sumerian-ruled States such as Kish, Ur and Lagash asserted their independence.
2190 BCE, As the climate dried and agricultural yields fell, the Akkadian / Sumerian state began to disintegrate.
2334 BCE, King Sargon founded the city of Akkad (probably near modern-day Baghdad). He then subjugated other Sumerians to become ruler of the Sumerian Empire.
2750 BCE, The Phoenician city of Tyre (now Lebanon) was founded.
Ca. 7000 BCE, The city of Jericho was founded; settlers were attracted by the permanent spring there.