December 26

History events
1634 — (15th of Tevet, 5395) Religious freedom was granted to Jews and Catholics in Brazil. This was the period of time when Brazil was under the control of the Dutch
1901 — (16th of Tevet, 5662) The Fifth Zionist Congress convenes in Basel. The Jewish National Fund is established. The Jewish Colonial Trust, the monetary arm or bank of the World Zionist Organization, finally raises sufficient sums to be established. By the end of the year, 250.000 English Pounds have been collected
1902 — (26th of Kislev, 5663) Final publication of the American Hebrew which would merge with The Jewish Messenger and resume publication in 1903 as The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger
1917 — (11th of Tevet, 5678) Orthodox rabbis in Jerusalem establish the Ashkenazi Community Council to oppose the Zionist dominated City Council of Jerusalem Jews
1936 — (12th of Tevet, 5697) Founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The Polish born violinist Bronislaw Huberman is credited with founding the orchestra. It was originally called the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra but changed its name after the founding of the state of Israel
1940 — (26th of Kislev, 5701) The British government suspended the quota for legal immigration for three months, thus halting all immigration until March, 1941
1946 — (3th of Tevet, 5707) Diamond factories in Natanya and Tel Aviv are raided, reportedly by Jews who would have been using the proceeds of the raid to finance the fight against the British
1947 — (13th of Tevet, 5708) War for independence. Hans Beyth, a central figure in welcoming newly arrived immigrant children to Eretz Israel, ….. was one of seven Jews killed by Arab snipers as they traveled in convey coming from the coast up to Jerusalem. Beyth had just completed arrangements for the care of 20,000 young survivors of the Holocaust and other youngsters from Europe; One Jew was killed and two were wounded today when Arabs attacked a Jewish patrol at Imara in the Negev; A four-year-old Jewish girl, whose name has not been made public was killed today a bullet in Tel Aviv. The assailant has not been identified; In Jerusalem, an Arab Legion truck that had illegally entered the city, was fired on by Jews manning a Haganah outpost. No casualties were reported by either side
1948 — (24th of Kislev, 5709) Israel greeted the arrival of its 100,000th immigrant since its declaration of statehood in May.
1948 — (24th of Kislev, 5709) A six plane formation of Spitfires arrived in Israel from Czechoslovakia
1948 — (24th of Kislev, 5709) In the evening, the Chanukah light is kindled for the first time in almost 2,000 years in an independent Jewish state
1948 — (24th of Kislev, 5709) King Abdullah of Jordan attended a Palestinian conference in Ramallah that “declared its support for the Jericho Conference resolution, calling for unification of the two banks of the Jordan under the Hashemite crown.”
1965 — (3th of Tevet, 5726) Аt the 38th annual meeting of the American Academy for Jewish Research, ….. Norman Gold, an assistant professor of Medieval Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, announced the discovery of a document that bears the date of 1020 which he called the oldest extant legal document of the Jews in Sicily” and which he said “showed that a community of Jews flourished in Syracuse under the Arabs before the Norman conquest of the island in 1080
1969 — (17th of Tevet, 5730) Operation Rooster 53 was launched at 9 p.m. as A-4 Skyhawks and F-4 Phantoms began attacking Egyptian forces along the western bank of the Suez Canal and Red Sea which provided cover for three Aérospatiale Super Frelons, carrying Israeli paratroopers, made their way west towards their the communication network which was their ultimate target
1977 — (16th of Tevet, 5738) The Jerusalem Post reported ….. from Ismailia that Prime Minister Menachem Begin, after a meeting with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, saw «peace in a few months.» Begin had also expressed his anger and disappointment with Knesset members who leaked details of his peace plan before he could hand it over to Sadat. The Egyptian president described the meeting as «one of the happiest days of his life» and added that he was now ready for full ties and normalization with Israel
2001 — (11th of Tevet, 5762) In Moscow, a monument honoring Shalom Aleichem was unveiled at a public ceremony attended by Nathan Meron, the Israeli Ambassador
2006 — (5th of Tevet, 5767) Two boys, both 14, were injured about 9 p.m. when a Qassam rocket landed in the street near where they were walking. Both were treated by Magen David Adom paramedics and taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. A total of eight Qassams were fired at Israel during the day, the most in a single day since the cease-fire was declared about a month ago
2012 — (13th of Tevet, 5773) A 2,750-year-old temple and a cache of sacred vessels from biblical times were discovered in an archaeological excavation near Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced today
2013 — (23th of Tevet, 5774) A total of 38 Indian citizens from the Bnei Menashe community made aliya today, the first cohort to arrive since the Knesset approved another wave of immigration for the group

1924 — (29th of Kislev, 5685) Birthdate of Israeli spy Eli Cohen
1946 — (3th of Tevet, 5707) Mobster Bugsy Siegel opened the glitzy Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
1956 — (22th of Tevet, 5717) Birthdate of Yehudit Ravitz, the native of Beersheba and member of “Sheshet” who is a successful singer-songwriter, composer and music producer