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1922 -- Born Mar. 1 in Jerusalem to Russian-born parents.
1941 -- While still in high school joins the Palmach, an underground commando unit led by Moshe Dayan, to fight British rule in Palestine.
1948 -- Commands the Harel Brigades that defend Jerusalem during Israel's war of independence. Oversees the expulsion of 50,000 Palestinian men, women and children from coastal areas.
1964 -- Rises to chief of staff.
1967 -- Plans war which erupts June 6 and ends six days later, after Israel seizes West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, Gaza Strip from Egypt, Golan Heights from Syria.
1968 -- Leaves the military and is appointed ambassador to the United States, a post he holds until 1973.
1974 -- Ruling Labor Party names Rabin, a political novice, to succeed Prime Minister Golda Meir, who is forced to step down after 1973 Yom Kippur War.
1975 -- Plays host to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who conducts shuttle diplomacy for interim peace agreement between Egypt and Israel.
1976 -- Authorizes June 27 raid in Entebbe, Uganda, where Israeli commandos rescue more than 100 Israelis from plane hijacked by Palestinians.
1977 -- Resigns over wife Leah's illegal U.S. bank account. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres assumes leadership of Labor, which loses parliamentary majority to right-wing Likud. In 1979, peace treaty is signed with Egypt.
1984 -- Returns to government, serving for six years as defense minister in Labor-Likud coalition governments.
1988 -- Orders troops to break bones of Palestinians rebelling against Israeli occupation of West Bank and Gaza, arguing it will keep down death toll.
1992 -- Labor party recaptures government in June election. Rabin, who replaced Peres as party head earlier in 1992, becomes prime minister.
1993 -- On Sept. 13, Rabin, Peres and PLO leader Yasser Arafat come together in Washington for signing of first Israel-PLO framework for autonomy in West Bank, Gaza. Rabin, Peres and Arafat share 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.
1994 -- Joins Jordan's King Hussein in Washington on July 24 to sign declaration ending 46-year of state of war. Formal peace treaty signed Oct. 26.
1995 -- On Sept. 28, Rabin, Peres and Arafat sign agreement expanding Palestinian autonomy. On Nov. 4, Rabin is assassinated after peace rally in Tel Aviv, age 73. A right- wing Israeli is held as suspect.
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