B"H Yom Yom
From Day by Day in Jewish History
Courtesy of Pomeranz Bookseller and Ktav Publishing
 Three leaders of Babylonian Jewry were arrested, 468, foreshadowing a wave of persecution of Babylonian Jews. Note how early this was. Czar Alexander I, 1804, issued laws that officially were supposed to give the Jews in Russia additional liberty, but in reality worked significantly against the Jewish population. With friends like that...
 Ancient fast day marking the completion of the translation of the Torah into Greek. Eichman was sentenced to death in '61. (He's still the only person ever to receive capital punishment in and by the State of Israel.
 Traditional dates for the Yahrzeits of both Ezra and Nechemia. See the page on Asara b'Tevet for more detail. Yahrzeit of R. Ezra haNavi, Tosafist and teacher of the Ramban, 1227.
 Beginning of the siege of Jerusalem, 588 bce. Yirmiyahu bought a field in Eretz Yisrael; basis of the hopeful prophecy of the return to E.Yisrael. Yahrzeit of Zacharia, and Mal'achi, last prophet of Israel.
 100,000 Jews of Sicily expelled, 1492 (it wasn't just Spain), President Lincoln allowed Jews to be chaplains in the U.S. army, 1861.
 Violent earthquake damaged walls of Jerusalem, 1033. IPO founded in 1936, first concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
 Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews of Prague, Bohemia, Moravia, 1774. Romanian Jews excluded from the field of medicine, 1868. Overwhelming feeling from reading many of the entries in Day-by-Day in Jewish history is - what did and does the world want from us?! It's an oft-repeated lesson that we should learn well.