Rod Dreher has this about right:

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"


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