February 25, 2018, Updated April 22, 2020
Ruth Dayan at Maskit, 1956. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

• Maskit fashion house is founded by Ruth Dayan as a government-run company selling luxury women’s wear made in Israel utilizing elements of traditional crafts. From 1960 to the 1980s, Maskit employed 2,000 people and ran 10 stores in Israel and one in New York. In 1994, the brand went bankrupt, but was revived in 2014 by Sharon Tal with Ruth Dayan.

• The first all-Israeli motion picture, “Hill 24 Does Not Answer,” is produced in the Negev Desert. The following year, the movie became Israel’s first entry in the Cannes Film Festival. Over the years, Israel would grow to have a robust filmmaking industry.

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