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(1973) David Ben-Gurion, the man who shaped the character of modern Israel and its first Prime Minister, died in December, 1973, at the age of 87. Mr. Ben-Gurion came to Israel as an immigrant from Poland in 1906. Under his leadership, Palestine's underground forces were molded into a single, unified army which won the nation's independence in 1948. Religion News Service file photo
*This day in history: On Nov. 12, 1953 David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel