c 1728 BCE- Issachar, son of Jacob, was born to Leah and later died on the same date.  (Genesis 30:18)


c 881 BCE- Elijah the Prophet went up to heaven in a whirlwind with the chariot of fire. (2 Kings 2:11)


c 426 BCE- Ezekiel the Prophet delivered a prophecy to the Jewish elders and awakened the children of Israel to repentance.  (Ezekiel 18)


70 CE- The Second Temple continued to burn through 10 Av as a result of the fire started the afternoon before by the Romans. For this reason, some of the mourning practices of the "Nine Days" are observed through the morning hours of 10 Av.


1306- King Phillip IV arrested and deported all the Jews from France.  (They came back nine years later.)


July 7,1320- Les Pastoureaux, crusaders against the Muslims, killed 400 Jews in Jaca, French Basque.


1358- Hundreds of Jews of Catalonia (a region of northeast Spain) were murdered.


August 3, 1492- Christopher Columbus left Spain for the new world with a three-ship convoy. Many Jews were on board.  Recent scholarship suggests Columbus was actually a Jew.


1498- Six years after the expulsion from Spain, the Jews were expelled from neighboring Portugal.


1555- The Jews of Rome were forced to move into a ghetto.


July 18, 1994- Arab terrorists exploded a bomb in the Jewish community center (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 86 and wounding more than 300, in the most lethal attack against any diaspora Jewish community since the Holocaust.


August 15, 2005- Expulsion from Gaza 2005. More than 8,500 Jewish residents were forcefully expelled from their homes in 25 towns and settlements in the Gaza Strip (including 16 settlements in the flourishing "Gush Katif" belt) and Northern Shomron in the summer of 2005, as part of the Israeli government's ill-fated "Disengagement Plan."


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