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Key dates in the life of Shimon Peres

Following are key dates in the life of Israel's former president, prime minister and Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday at the age of 93. - August 2 1923: Born Shimon Persky at Vishneva in what was then Poland and is now Belarus, he later took the Hebrew name Peres, meaning eagle. - 1934: Arrival in British mandatory Palestine. - 1959: Elected a member of parliament for Mapai, which would later become the Labour party.
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