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.

01/21/1882 BILU Movement is Founded

01/03/1901 KKL is founded

01/11/1917 General Allenby Enters Palestine — Beginning of British Mandate Rule 01/02/1927  Anniversary of the Death of Ahad Ha’am (z”l)

01/27/1945 Liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

01/25/1949 First Knesset Elections

01/15/1970 Yarzheit of Lea Goldberg

01/16/2003 Ilan Ramon flew aboard STS-107 Columbia


02/14/1896 Publication of Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State)

02/22/1922 Yarzheit of Aaron David Gordon (z”l)

02/13/1945 Yarzheit of Henrietta Szold

02/15/1948 First Publication of Ma’ariv

02/11/1949 Closure of the Last Jewish Refugee Camp on Cypress

02/14/1949 The First Knesset’s first meeting

02/17/1949 Chaim Weizman is Sworn in as the First President of the State of Israel.

02/11/1986 Release of Natan Sharansky

02/22/2019 Beresheet, the first non-governmental mission to land on the Moon, first Israeli mission to land on the Moon, the first ride-share mission to land on the Moon


03/05/1890 The city of Rehovot was Founded (as a moshava)

03/01/1906      The Bezalel Art School is Opened in Jerusalem

03/23/1915       Establishment of NILI

03/01/1920       Yarzheit of Joseph Trumpeldor (z”l)

03/28/1932       First Maccabiah Games

03/10/1949       War of Independence Ends when Israel reached Umm Rashrash (Eilat) and  took it without a battle

03/26/1979       Peace Agreement Between Egypt and Israel



04/01/1890 “Zionism” Term is Coined by  Nathan Birnbaum,  in his journal Selbstemanzipation! (Self-Emancipation)

04/11/1909 The City of Tel Aviv Founded

04/16/1931 Yarzheit of Rachel the Poet (Rachel Bluwstein)

04/01/1925 Inauguration of Hebrew University on Mount Scopus

04/11/1961 Trial of Nazi Leader Adolph Eichmann

04/25/1976 Hadassah returned to Mt. Scopus, once again opening its doors to all.

04/25/1982 Sinai Peninsula Returned to Egypt



05/23/1939 The British White Paper, called for the establishment of a Jewish national home in an independent Palestinian state within 10 years, was approved by the British  House of Commons

05/14/1948 The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel

05/30/1948 Israel Defense Force (IDF) is Established

05/11/1949 Israel is Officially Accepted into the United Nations

 05/19/1950 Operation Ezra and Nehemiah

05/18/1965 Execution of Eli Cohen (z”l)

05/24/1991 Operation Solomon, the thirdAliyahmission from Ethiopia to Israel



06/19/1919 Haaretz Founded

06/15/1920 Establishment of the Haganah

06/07/1945 Opening of Zim Lines

06/16/1946 Operation "Markolet": Night of Bridges

06/20/1948 The Altelena Sinking

06/05/1967 Six-Day War Begins

06/06/1967 Yom Yerushalayim

06/07/1981 Operation Opera: Israel Air Force Destroys the Nuclear Reactor in Iraq



07/31/1882 Rishon L’Zion is Founded

07/03/1904 Yarzheit of Theodor Herzl (z”l)

07/22/1920 Keren HaYesod Founded

07/01/1922 British Mandate Established

07/28/1934 Yarzheit of Hayim Nachman Bialik (z”l)

07/05/1950 Law of Return Passed

07/26/1956 Egypt nationalize the Suez Canal

07/04/1976 Entebbe Hijacking


08/29/1897 First Zionist Congress

08/05/1927  Kibbutz Me’uhad, a union of kibbutzim in Israel, was Founded

08/17/1949 Herzl’s Remains Brought to Israel

08/07/1955 Bar-Ilan University Opens

08/07/1970 The War of Attrition Ends

08/22/1976 The Good Fence between Israel and Lebanon Opens


09/07/1906 David Ben Gurion (then Green) makes Alyiah

09/20/1944 Jewish Brigade Established

09/11/1946 11 Settlements were established in the Negev

09/05/1972 Munich Massacre at Summer Games

09/19/1988 Ofek 1 Launched

09/13/1993 Declaration of Principles Signed in Washington, D.C.

09/27/2000 The Second Intifada (known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada) started

09/28/2016 Yarzheit of Shimon Peres (z"l)


 10/28/1898 Herzl’s First and Only Visit in Palestine

10/30/1902 Publication of Altneuland (Old-New Land)

10/22/1905 Gymnasia Herzlia Established

10/08/1909 Yarzheit of Naftali Herz Imber (z"l)

10/28/1910 Degania Founded

10/23/1922 First Census in Palestine

10/10/1945 Palmach Raid on Atlit detention camp and releasing 210 maapilim

10/22/1973 The United Nations Security Council Resolution 338 called for a ceasefire in the Yom Kippur War

10/30/1991 First Peace Talks with Palestinians

10/26/1994 Peace Agreement Between Jordan and Israel


11/02/1917 Balfour Declaration

11/07/1947 Execution of Hannah Szenes

11/29/1947 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was adopted

11/08/1948 First Census in Israel

11/08/1949 Operation Magic Carpet

11/09/1952 Yarzheit of Dr. Chaim Weizman (z”l)

11/11/1969 Ben-Gurion University Opens

11/19/1977 Anwar Sadat’s Historic Visit to Israel

 11/04/1995 Assassination and Yarzheit of Yitzhak Rabin (z”l)



12/12/1882 Rosh Pinna is founded as a moshava

12/16/1922 Yarzheit of Eliezer Ben Yehuda (z"l)

12/01/1931 The Jerusalem Post Founded

26/12/1936 The inauguration concert of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra     conducted by Arturo Toscanini

12/06/1953 David Ben Gurion’s First Resignation

12/15/1961 Adolph Eichmann Sentence

12/10/1966 Nobel Prize in Literature for Israeli/Jewish Writers Sachs Nelly and Agnon, Shmuel Yosef

12/08/1987 First Palestinian Intifada


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