Jordan in History

Historical Events

BattleBattle of Interest

1799-04-16 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor - Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1923-03-25 British government grants Trans-Jordan autonomy
  • 1923-05-25 Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
  • 1931-03-26 Iraq & Trans-Jordan sign peace treaty
  • 1934-07-04 Jordanians revolt in Amsterdam after reduction in employment
  • 1946-03-22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
  • 1946-05-25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes King of Jordan
  • 1948-04-27 Arab legion attacks Gesher bridge on Jordan River

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948-11-26 1st polaroid camera sold for $89.75 in Boston at the Jordan Marsh department store. The Land Camera model 95 becomes prototype for all Polaroid Land cameras for next 15 years

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • 1948-12-01 Arabic Congress names Abdullah of Trans Jordan as King of Palestine
  • 1948-12-08 Jordan annexs Arabic Palestine
  • 1949-04-04 Israel & Jordan sign armistice agreement
  • 1949-04-26 Transjordan is officially renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • 1950-04-24 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
  • 1951-11-07 Constitution of Jordan passes

  • 1952-01-08 Jordan adopts constitution
  • 1953-11-17 United States joins the United Nations in condemning Israel's raid on Jordan on October 4, 1953
  • 1954-10-14 Israeli act of revenge in Qibiya Jordan, kills 53
  • 1955-05-29 Jordan government of Tewfik Abdul Huda resigns
  • 1955-05-30 Said el-Mufti forms Jordan government
  • 1955-09-25 The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded.
  • 1956-01-09 Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
  • 1956-05-20 Jordan government of Samir resigns
  • 1956-05-21 Jordan government of Said el-Mufti forms
  • 1956-07-01 Ibrahim Hashiroe succeeds Said el-Moefti as premier of Jordan
  • 1956-07-25 Jordan attacks UN Palestine force
  • 1957-04-10 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
  • 1957-04-25 Ibrahim Hashim forms Jordanian government
  • 1958-02-14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • 1958-05-13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • 1958-08-02 Jordan and Iraq dissolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • 1960-08-29 Jordan premier Hazza-el-Madjali deadly injured at bomb attack
  • 1964-08-14 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Syria form common market
  • 1965-07-14 Israeli/Jordanian border fights
  • 1967-06-10 Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq & Egypt end "6-Day War" with UN help

  • 1968-02-11 Israeli-Jordan border fight
  • 1968-03-21 Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases
  • 1968-11-04 Battles between Jordanian army & Al Fatah-arm forces
  • 1970-09-07 Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacks 4 planes and forces them to land at Dawson's Field, Jordan
  • 1970-09-07 Fighting between Arabic guerillas and government forces in Amman, Jordan.
  • 1970-09-08 Black September hijackings begin, three airliners hijacked and blown up by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
  • 1970-09-13 Palestine guerillas conquer Irbid Jordania
  • 1970-09-15 PLO leader Arafat threatens to make a cemetery of Jordan
  • 1970-09-17 Jordan launches offensive against guerrilla army

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-08-12 Syrian President Hafez al-Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • 1972-04-06 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
  • 1973-01-23 Jordan Air crash at Kano, Nigeria kills 176 Muslim pilgrims
  • 1973-10-13 Jordan enters Yom Kippur war
  • 1984-09-25 Egypt & Jordan regain diplomatic relations
  • 1986-07-07 Jordan government shuts al-Fatah offices
  • 1988-07-28 Jordan cancels $1.3 billion development plan in West Bank
  • 1989-02-16 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
  • 1994-07-15 Israel and Jordan agree to talks in Washington, D.C. on July 25th
  • 1994-07-25 Jordan and Israeli end 46 year state of war (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1994-08-07 1st telephone link between Israel & Jordan
  • 1994-10-26 Jordan & Israel sign peace accord

BeatificationPapal Visit

2000-03-20 Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land - Jordan, Israel, Palestine

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2005-11-09 Suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing at least 60 people.
  • 2012-06-20 A Syrian fighter pilot lands in Jordan and defects from the Syrian uprising
  • 2012-10-04 Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament in preparation for new elections
  • 2014-03-11 Refugees from Syria pour into the Kingdom of Jordan

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

2015-04-12 79th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jordan Spieth leads wire-to-wire to win his 1st major title by 4 strokes from Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth
Golfer Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-02-26 King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • 1951-08-23 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962-01-30 Abdullah II of Jordan, King of Jordan (1999-present), born in Amman, Jordan
  • 1966-10-26 Steve Valentine, Scottish actor (Crossing Jordan), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland
  • 1970-08-31 Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, born in Kuwait City
  • 1990-02-11 Princess Ayah of Jordan, niece of King Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 1996-09-27 Iman bint Al Abdullah II, princess of Jordan
  • 2000-09-26 Princess Salma bint Al Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 2005-01-30 Prince Hashem bin Abdullah II, Jordanian royal, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 2005-09-16 Princess Jalilah bint Ali of Jordan, eldest child of Prince Ali bin Al Hussein and Rym Brahimi, born in Amman, Jordan
  • 2007-03-19 Prince Abdullah bin Ali, Prince of Jordan
  • 2007-04-06 Princess Haalah bint Hashim, Princess of Jordan
  • 2007-04-18 Princess Haya Bint Al Hamzah, Princess of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan

Famous Weddings

  • 1940-01-02 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.

LoveWedding of Interest

1980-10-31 Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 1993-01-12 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow
  • 2006-04-29 "The O.C." actress Amanda Righetti (23) weds film director and writer Jordan Alan in Oahu, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • 1932-08-05 Israël Querido, Dutch writer (Jordan), dies at 59
  • 1960-08-29 Hazza el-Majali, Prime Minister of Jordan is assassinated
  • 1971-11-28 Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo
  • 1972-07-07 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • 1994-01-30 Bahjat Talhouni, Prime Minister of Jordan (1960-62, 64-65, 67-69, 69-70), dies