THE long-awaited return of Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat's tomorrow to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip marks another miles
tone in the PLO's 30-year struggle for a Palestinian state:
1947: United Nations votes to partition Palestine into a Jewish and Palestinian Arab state with Jerusalem as an international enclave.
1948: Israel is established. Jordan occupies the West Bank and Egypt the Gaza Strip.
1965: The PLO is established by Arab heads of state in Cairo.
1967: As Egypt, Syria, and Jordan prepare to attack, Israel strikes preemptively. Israel occupies Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, West Bank, and the Golan Heights in the Six Day War.
1969: Arafat is elected chairman of the PLO's executive committee.
1974: PLO is accorded status as ``sole and legitimate representative'' of the Palestinians at an Arab summit.
1977: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, addressing the Israeli Parliament, offers full peace in exchange for Israel's withdrawal from Sinai.
1979: Egypt and Israel sign a peace treaty based on Camp David Accords, recognizing the ``legitmate rights of the Palestinian people'' and providing for self-rule in Jericho and Gaza.
1982: Israel withdraws from Sinai, but rest of Camp David Accords scuttled by Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
1987: Palestinian youth launch the intifadah (uprising) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
1988: US Secretary of State Shultz authorizes talks with PLO after Arafat recognizes Israel's right to exist.
1990: Iraq invades Kuwait, precipitating the Gulf war in January 1991.
1991: Peace talks begin in Madrid.
Sept. 13, 1993: PLO and Israel seal accord in Washington with a historic handshake between Prime Minister Rabin and Arafat. Plan includes autonomy for Gaza and Jericho, to be extended later to rest of West Bank.
May 1994: Cairo accord details implementation of autonomy for Gaza and Jericho. Palestinian police arrive in Gaza and Jericho.
July 2, 1994: Arafat to arrive in Gaza.