Posts Tagged ‘Today in Israeli History’

Today in Israeli History: Jan. 16, 2003 — Columbia Launches With Ramon

The space shuttle Columbia launches from the Kennedy Space Center with Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, among the crew of seven. Unknown at the time is that a piece of foam breaks off the shuttle’s external tank during the launch and damages a wing. As a result, Columbia disintegrates on re-entry Feb. 1, killing all…

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Today in Israeli History: Jan. 14, 1925 — Carlebach Is Born

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, one of modern Judaism’s most influential composers and spiritual leaders, is born in Berlin. He spends his early years in Baden, Austria, where his father is the chief rabbi. The family escapes to Lithuania in July 1938, a few months after the Nazi annexation of Austria, then moves to Brooklyn after the…

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Today in Israeli History: Jan. 13, 1922 — Zionist Leader Meets With Harding

Nahum Sokolow, the president of the World Zionist Congress’ Executive Committee, meets with U.S. President Warren Harding in Washington during a U.S. tour to raise money for Jewish settlement in Palestine. Sokolow briefs Harding on the hardships and persecution faced by European Jews and progress on the Zionist enterprise. Items are provided by the Center…

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Today in Israeli History: Jan. 11, 1961 — Immigrant Ship Egoz Sinks

The Egoz, a ship leased by the Mossad to secretly transport Moroccan Jews to Israel, sinks around 3 a.m., a few hours after leaving the Moroccan port of Al Hoceima on its 12th immigration trip. Forty-four would-be immigrants, half of them children, drown. The tragedy leads Morocco to ease its ban on Jewish emigration, and…

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Today in Israeli History: Jan. 10, 2000 — Syria Peace Talks End

Seven days of peace talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara, focusing on trading all or part of the Golan Heights for peace, conclude without any resolution in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Facilitated by U.S. President Bill Clinton, the talks are supposed to resume Jan. 19, but they never restart. Items…

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Today in Israeli History: Mosul-Haifa Pipeline Opens

A pipeline spanning 590 miles from Kirkuk, Iraq, to Haifa begins operating to carry oil from the Mosul fields to the Mediterranean Sea. Crude oil takes about 10 days to travel the full route through the 12-inch-diameter pipe, then is refined and stored in Haifa until it can be shipped to Europe. The pipeline remains…

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