BC: King David comes to the throne of Israel
167-161 BC: Maccabeean revolt
1135: Maimonides born
ca. 1698: The Baal Shem Tov born
1948: Reborn state of Israel proclaimed
1989: Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski, better known as Krusty the Clown, makes his first television appearance.
2009: Sen. Orrin Hatch writes "Eight Days of Hanukkah"