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Jerusalem

Jerusalem

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597 BC   Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.

588 BC   Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah's reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC.

70   Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, opens a full-scale assault on Jerusalem and attacks the city's Third Wall to the northwest.

70   Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall. The Romans build a circumvallation, cutting down all trees within fifteen kilometres.

70   Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem.

70   The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans.

70   A Roman army under Titus occupies and plunders Jerusalem.

1009   The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church's foundations down to bedrock.

1099   First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.

1099   First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.

1100   Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity.

1187   Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.

1190   Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the river Saleph while leading an army to Jerusalem.

1229   The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.

1720   The synagogue of Yehudah he-Hasid is burned down by Arab creditors, leading to the expulsion of the Ashkenazim from Jerusalem.

1917   In Palestine, Field Marshal Edmund Allenby captures Jerusalem.

1917   British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.

1946   King David Hotel bombing: a Zionist underground organisation, the Irgun, bombs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, site of the civil administration and military headquarters for Mandate Palestine, resulting in 91 deaths.

1947   Jerusalem Riots of 1947: Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan.

1948   The Hadassah medical convoy massacre: In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier are massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem.

1949   The Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.

1950   The Knesset passes a resolution that states Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

1951   King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem.

1961   The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.

1961   In Jerusalem, Adolph Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.

1967   Israeli forces enter Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

1967   Israel annexes East Jerusalem.

1977   Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

1980   The United Nations Security Council votes 14-0 that member states should not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

1987   The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed "Ivan the Terrible" in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.

1990   Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: In Jerusalem, Israeli police kill 17 Palestinians and wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount.

2000   Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits Al Aqsa Mosque known to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

2001   The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.

2008   A Palestinian gunman shoots and kills 8 students and critically injures 11 in the library of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel.