May 9, 1998 Dana International wins the Eurovision Song Contest, becoming the third Israeli and the first since 1979 to do so, with her performance of the techno-pop song “Diva” in Birmingham, England. Her victory earns Israel the right to host the 1999 Eurovision contest at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem on May 29. […]
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May 8, 2007 May 8, 2007 Herod’s Tomb Discovered A public announcement reveals that the tomb of King Herod the Great has been found at Herodium in the Judean Desert of the West Bank in an excavation led by archaeologist Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Found in the ruins of the burial […]
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May 7, 2002 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flies home to Israel, cutting short a visit to the United States, after a suicide bomber kills 15 Israelis and wounds 55 others in a pool hall in Rishon LeZion at the same time Sharon is meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House. Sharon blames […]
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May 6, 1947 Alexander Rubowitz, 16, is abducted in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem while on a mission for Lohamei HaHerut b’Yisrael (Fighters for the Freedom of Israel), known by the acronym Lehi or as the Stern Gang (after founder Avraham Stern). Rubowitz is never seen again. Lehi is dedicated to ending British rule in […]
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May 5, 1959 Some 2,500 people, including Israeli Interior Minister Israel Bar-Yehuda and Polish Ambassador Antoni Bida, gather at Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot in the western Galilee for a commemoration of the first Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) since the Knesset enacted the Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day Law four weeks earlier. The event is held […]
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May 4, 1947 The Irgun sets off explosives at 4:22 p.m. to blast open a hole in the wall of the Acre (Akko) fortress, used as a prison by the British Mandatory authorities, in an attempt to free 41 Jewish underground fighters (30 Irgun and 11 Lehi). The Ottoman-era fortress prison holds 400 Arabs and […]
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May 3, 1906 Stage actor Meir Margalit, a winner of the Israel Prize in 1964, is born in Ostroleka, Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. Margalit begins acting in local plays at age 13. He moves to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1922 with HeChalutz, a youth movement founded by Joseph Trumpeldor to […]
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May 2, 1968 Israel’s first general-interest television network begins broadcasting at 9:30 a.m. with an image of a menorah, followed by an aerial view of Jerusalem and, at 9:40, the national Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) parade. Known as Israel Television or General Television to distinguish it from the Education Ministry-run Israel Educational Television, the network […]
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May 1, 1956 Finance Minister Levi Eshkol authorizes the establishment of the city of Ashdod along the Mediterranean coast between Ashkelon and Tel Aviv on land rich in history, including the Arab-Israeli conflict. The name comes from an ancient city that existed at least as early as the 17th century B.C.E. about 4½ miles from […]
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April 30, 2012 Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dies at home in Jerusalem at the age of 102. He was born Benzion Mileikowsky on March 25, 1910, in Warsaw. His father was a rabbi who toured Europe and the United States to make speeches on behalf of Zionism. He took […]
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