This timeline of events will put into place the various events we've learned about over the past two years.

Year
Events
1896
Theodor Herzl publishes Der Judenstaat
1897
First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland
1898

1899

1900

1901
Establishment of the Jewish National Fund to purchase land in Palestine
1902

1903

1904
Second Aliyah begins
1905

1906

1907

1908
Ottoman Empire finishes the Hijaz Railroad linking Damascus with Medina
1909

1910

1911

1912

1913

1914
August: World War I begins
November: Ottomans join Germany
1915
May: Damascus Protocol establishes cooperation between two Arab secret societies and the British.
July: Hussein McMahon correspondence begins
1916
May: Sykes Picot agreement between England and France determines the post-WWI Middle East
June: The Arab revolt begins in the Hejaz.
1917
November: Balfour Declaration is published
December: Allenby and the British take Jerusalem from the Ottomans
1918
October: Damascus is liberated from Ottoman control
November: World War I ends
1919
January: Feisal-Weizmann Agreement is signed
August: King Crane Commission issues its report
1920
April: San Remo Conference assigns mandates to France and Britain
August: Treaty of Sevres deals with the Ottoman Empire
1921
April: Hajj Amin appointed Mufti of Jerusalem by Herbert Samuel
1922
June: Churchill writes his White Paper
July: Palestine Mandate affirmed by League of Nations, including the Balfour Declaration
1923
July: Treaty of Lausanne reworks the Treaty of Sevres
1924

1925

1926
Lebanese Constitution is written
1927

1928

1929
August: Riots and conflict center around the Western Wall of Jerusalem.
1930
March: Shaw commission report
October: Hope-Simpson report and Pass
1931

1932
Lebanon's census shows a majority of the population is Maronite Christian
1933
January: Hitler assumes power in Germany
1934

1935

1936
Pierre Gemayel forms the Phalange
April: Arab Higher Committee forms
April: Arab Revolt begins
1937
July: Peel Commission supports partitioning the Palestine Mandate
1938
July: McDonald White Paper affirms that partition will not work in Palestine
1939
May: White paper limits the immigration of Jews to Palestine
1940

1941

1942
May: Biltmore Declaration demonstrates US support for a Jewish state in all Palestine
1943
Lebanese National Pact determines the future government
1944

1945

1946
July: King David Hotel in Jerusalem is bombed by Irgun
1947
January: Britain announces that it will be giving the Palestine Mandate to the UN if a solution cannot be reached
August: UNSCOP report suggests partition for Palestine
November: United Nations announces the partition of the Palestine Mandate and future creation of the Israeli state.
1948
April: Plan D begins
May: Israel becomes a state and Arab nations invade
1949
Mao Zedong becomes leader of China
Kamal Jumblatt forms the Progressive Socialist Party in Lebanon
1950
May: Israel is admitted to the UN
1951
March: Iran's parliament (Majlis) nationalizes the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
April: Mossadegh was elected Prime Minister of Iran
1952
July: Free Officer's Coup removes King Farouk from power
1953
March: Stalin dies
August: Operation Ajax removes Mossadegh as Prime Minister of Iran
1954
April: Nasser replaces Naguib as leader of Egypt
1955
February: Fedayeen attacks from Egypt into Gaza
October: Baghdad Pact is created to protect the Middle East from Soviet expansion
1956
July: Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal
October: Suez Crisis begins
December: French and British troops leave the Sinai after a UN cease fire
1957
March: Eisenhower doctrine promises to protect states
1958
February: Egypt and Syria join to create the United Arab Republic
Mao begins the Great Leap Forward
1959

1960

1961

1962
September: Civil War in Yemen diverts Egyptian troops and economic support
1963

1964
China detonates its first atomic weapon
1965

1966
Mao begins the Cultural Revolution
1967
June: Six Day War takes place
1968

1969
Kamal Jumblatt forms the Lebanese National Movement with a coalition of Lebanese muslims
1970
September: Black September in Jordan sees King Hussein kick the Palestinians out of his nation, with the help of Israel. The Palestinians go to the West Bank and southern Lebanon.
1971

1972
February: Nixon visits China
1973
October: October War between Egypt, Syria and Israel happens
1974

1975
April: Lebanese Civil War begins
1976
Mao Zedong dies
1977

1978
January: A newspaper article in Iran criticizes Ayatollah Khomeini, beginning a cycle of riots based on the religious calendar in Iran.
1979
January: The Shah and his wife leave Iran on "Vacation"
February: Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran from France.
1980

1981

1982
September: Bashir Gemayel is assassinated
September: Phalange militia massacre Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps
1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989
Taif Accords attempt to end the Lebanese Civil War
1990

1991

1992

1993

1994