Today in Israeli History

Mount Scopus Concert Takes Place

A packed audience fills the amphitheater on Mount Scopus to celebrate the end of the June 1967 War and to mark the cultural unification of Jerusalem.

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Mount Scopus Concert Takes Place

A packed audience fills the amphitheater on Mount Scopus to celebrate the end of the June 1967 War and to mark the cultural unification of Jerusalem.

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Prominent Israeli Politician Tzipi Livni Is Born

Tzipi Livni is born in Tel Aviv to two prominent figures of the Irgun. A graduate of Bar-Ilan University’s school of law, she later serves in the Israeli Army, Mossad, and works as an attorney before entering politics.

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Eliezer Hoofien Passes Away

Serving in various financial positions, Eliezer Siegfried Hoofien provided the Yishuv and then Israel with nearly fifty years of banking and financial expertise.

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Bus 405 Suicide Attack Kills or Wounds 33

When Bus 405 passed a ravine near Jerusalem, a Palestinian terrorist seizes control of the wheel and runs the bus over the cliff, killing 16 passengers and injuring 17 others.

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Law of Return Is Enacted

Introduced as part of a festive legislative session marking the anniversary of Theodor Herzl’s death, the Law of Return creates an open-door immigration policy for Jews throughout the world.

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Daring Rescue of Jewish Hostages in Entebbe Takes Place

Elite Israeli military forces launch a successful rescue attempt of Israeli hostages on board a hijacked Air France flight at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. PM Netanyahu’s brother, Yoni Netanyahu is killed in operation.

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First International Conference and Festival of Jewish Theater Convene

The First International Conference and Festival of Jewish Theater opens in Tel Aviv. The festival coincides with the beginning of the first war in Lebanon and is almost canceled because many Israeli participants were called up for reserve duty.

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Yossi Benayoun Signs Contract with Chelsea Football Club

Chelsea Football Club, one of Europe’s most prized teams, offers Yossi Benayoun, one of Israel’s top soccer players, a three-year, multimillion-dollar deal.

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Charter of Duke Frederick II of Austria Is Issued

In 1244, the Duke issues a charter extending rights to Jews. His goal is to build the region’s economy. The charter encourages Jewish money-lending and Jewish migration to an outlying area. It also guarantees Jewish safety.

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