• Weizmann Institute Prof. Michel Revel discovers a novel way to treat multiple sclerosis by experimenting on foreskin. His research leads to the development of Interferon-beta (Rebif), one of the leading drugs to treat MS. The drug was approved in Europe in 1998, and in the US in 2002. It is now marketed worldwide by multinational companies Merck Serono and Pfizer.

• On the lighter side, Israel’s favorite chocolate pudding, Milky, debuts on the market. The pudding remains one of Israel’s most popular dessert snacks and most successful dairy products. The recipe for its whipped cream topping is known only to five people. In 1986, the Strauss company launched its first video commercial for this product called “Battle of the Milky,” which became a huge hit, spurring two more sequels and securing a spot in the Israeli entertainment lexicon.