An Icon's Journey

Aug. 4, 1929

CHILDHOOD Yasser Arafat is born in Cairo. After the death of his mother in 1933, he is sent to live with an uncle in Jerusalem

May 15, 1948

EARLY TRAINING The state of Israel is proclaimed. Arafat runs arms and learns guerrilla tactics in the first Arab-Israeli war

1951-57

EDUCATION AND ACTIVISM Arafat studies engineering at Cairo University and becomes involved in the Palestinian cause

Feb. 4, 1969

RISE TO POWER He is elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (P.L.O.)

Sept. 17, 1970

DRIVEN OUT Jordan cracks down on the P.L.O. Soon afterward, Arafat moves to Lebanon

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