The Zionist Calendar

Listed on this page are many major events in our Zionist history. We hope you will find it useful for educational programming opportunities and to plan specific events in your community calendars

01/30/1882  BILU is Founded
02/10/1922  Yarzheit of Aaron David Gordon (z”l)
02/11/1986  Release of Natan Sharansky
02/14/1896  Publication of Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State)
02/15/1948  First Publication of Ma’ariv
02/17/1949  Chaim Weizman is Sworn in as the First pPesident of the State of Israel.
02/27/1920  Yarzheit of Joseph Trumpeldor (z”l)


03/01/1906  The Bezalel Art School is Opened in Jerusalem
03/06/1890  Rehovot Founded
03/10/1949  War of Independence Ends
03/14/1920  Establishment of the Haganah
03/23/1915  Establishment of NILI
03/26/1979  Peace Agreement Between Egypt and Israel
03/28/1932  First Maccabiah Games


04/01/1925  Inauguration of Hebrew University on Mount Scopus
04/01/1890  “Zionism” Term is Coined
04/11/1909  The City of Tel Aviv Founded
04/11/1961  Trial of Nazi Leader Adolph Eichmann
04/25/1976  Re-opening of Hadassah Hospital
04/25/1982  Sinai Peninsula Returned to Egypt


05/14/1948  4th of Iyar – Israel’s Memorial Day
05/15/1948  5th of Iyar – Israel’s Independence Day
05/14/1949  Israel is Officially Accepted into the United Nations
05/17/1939  The British White Paper
05/18/1951  Operation Ezra and Nehemiah
05/18/1965  Execution of Eli Cohen (z”l)
05/24/1991  Operation Solomon
05/30/1948  Israel Defense Force (IDF) is Established


06/05/1967  Six Day War Begins
06/06/1967  Yom Yerushalayim
06/07/1945  Opening of Zim Lines
06/08/1981  Israel Air Force Destroys the Nuclear Reactor in Iraq
06/17/1946  Night of Bridges
06/22/1948  The Altelena Sinking
06/25/1882  Rishon L’Zion is Founded


07/03/1904  Yarzheit of Theodor Herzl (z”l)
07/04/1976  Entebbe Hijacking
07/22/1920  Keren HaYesod Founded
07/24/1922  British Mandate Established
07/28/1934  Yarzheit of Hayim Nachman Bialik (z”l)
07/05/1950  Law of Return Passed


08/05/1927  Kibbutz Me’uhad Founded
08/06/1911  Degania Founded
08/07/1955  Bar-Ilan University Opens
08/07/1970  The War of Attrition Ends
08/17/1949  Herzl’s Remains Brought to Israel
08/22/1976  The Good Fence Opens
08/29/1897  First Zionist Congress


09/01/1951  Blockage of Suez Canal
09/06/1972  Munich Massace at Summer Games
09/07/1906  David Green Arrives
09/10/1944  Jewish Brigade Established
09/13/1993  Declaration of Principles Signed in Washington D.C.
09/19/1988  Ofek 1 Launched
09/11/1946  Negev Established with 11 Settlements


10/10/1945  Palmach Raid
10/22/1903  Gymnasia Herzlia Established
10/22/1973  Resolution 338
10/26/1994  Peace Agreement Between Jordan and Israel
10/22/1922  First Census in Palestine
10/30/1991  First Peace Talks with Palestinians
10/30/1902  Publication of Altneuland (Old-New Land)


11/02/1898  Herzl’s First and Only Visit
11/02/1917  Balfour Declaration
11/04/1995  Assasination and Yarzheit of Yithak Rabin (z”l)
11/08/1949  Operation Magic Carpet
11/08/1948  First Census in Israel
11/09/1952  Yarzheit of Dr. Chaim Weizman (z”l)
11/19/1977  Anwar Sadat’s Historic Visit to Israel
11/11/1969  Ben-Gurion University Opens


12/01/1931  The Jerusalem Post Founded
12/06/1953  David Ben Gurion’s First Resignation
12/09/1987  First Palestinian Intifada
12/10/1966  Nobel Prize in Literature for Israeli/Jewish Writers
12/15/1961  Adolph Eichmann Sentence and Execution
12/16/1970  The Leningrad Trials
12/16/1991  Anti-Zionist Resolution of 1975