Muhammad 'Abd Ar-Ra'uf Al-Qudwah Al-Husayni
1929 - Born on August 24th in Cairo, Egypt. Palestinian politician and resistance leader.
1940 - Arafat got involved with Palestinian politics, and fought against the idea of Israel before Israel was re-established by U.N. edict.
1956 - Arafat started a terrorist group called Al Fatah ("the struggle"), while pro-Palestinian forces in Egypt, Syria, and Jordan started the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
1959 - He co-founded Al Fatah movement.
1969 - Arafat was elected Chairman of the PLO's Executive Committee.
1991 - Married to Suha At-Taweel Arafat.
1993 - He secretly met with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Norway, and signed the so-called Oslo Peace Accords.
1994 - Arafat, Rabin, and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres got to share a Nobel Peace Prize.
1995 - Was the president of Palestinian Authority.
1996 - Arafat was elected President of the Palestinian Authority, and since then Israel's government has taken a hard turn to the right.
1998 - He signed the Wye Memorandum with Benjamin Netanyahu.
2004 - Died of cerebral hemorrhage on November 11th in Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
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