Saudi Arabian History (Part 2)

Saudi Arabia: Jeddah - Mecca - Medina - Riyadh

Historical Events

  • 2018-04-22 Saudi-led coalition airstrike kills more than 20 at a wedding in northwestern Yemen
  • 2018-06-12 Battle for key Yemen port of Hudaydah begins with assault by Saudi backed pro-government forces against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels
  • 2018-06-24 Women drive for the first time in Saudi Arabia after ban is lifted
  • 2018-08-06 Saudi Arabia's state airline suspends direct flights to Toronto and expels ambassador after Canada calls for release of detained activists for civil and women's rights
  • 2018-08-09 Saudi-led air coalition strikes a school bus in Sada Province, Yemen, killing 43, many of them children

Historic Event

2018-10-02 Saudi American journalist Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen again prompting a diplomatic crisis

  • 2018-10-23 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejects Saudi claim journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed accidentally, says it was premeditated murder
  • 2018-10-31 US and Great Britain call for a cease-fire in Saudi-led war in Yemen, in 3-year war that has claimed over 10,000 lives and created famine conditions
  • 2018-11-01 Ground assault mounted on Yemeni port city of Hudaydah by Saudi-backed government forces
  • 2018-11-16 CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
  • 2018-12-13 Cease-fire in port city of Hudaydah, Yemen, by Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition announced by the UN
  • 2018-12-13 US Senate passes non-binding "war powers resolution" against long-term ally Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-01-12 18 year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto, Canada, as a refugee, via Thailand, after escaping family abuse in Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-04-01 Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco revealed to be world's most profitable company when its earnings released - $111.1 billion in the last year
  • 2019-08-02 Saudi Arabia announces news rules for women including allowing them to travel independently abroad without a male guardian's permission

Historic Event

2019-08-19 Sudanese Ex-President Omar al-Bashir admits he has received $90 million from Saudi Arabian royals at the start of his corruption trial in Khartoum

  • 2019-09-01 Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Yemen city of Dhamar kills more than 100 people according to the Red Cross
  • 2019-09-14 Drone attack on Abqaiq oil plant in Saudi Arabia takes out half of country's oil production and 5% of the world's. Yemen Houthi rebels claim responsibility.
  • 2019-09-18 Saudi Arabia's Defense Ministry says Iran was to blame for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities
  • 2019-09-29 Houthi rebels from Yemen claim they have killed 500 Saudi soldiers and captured 2,000 along with military a convoy in Najran region, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-11-03 Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco, the world's most profitable company, announces its plans to go public
  • 2019-12-05 Saudi state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco raises a record $25.6 billion in its first public share offering, makes it the world's most valuable company at $1.7 trillion
  • 2020-02-26 Saudi Arabia bars overseas pilgrims from accessing religious sites of Mecca and Medina because of COVID-19 fears for 1st time in living memory
  • 2020-03-06 Russia refuses to reduce oil production over COVID-19 fears, breaking with Saudi Arabia and OPEC and prompting a price war
  • 2020-04-08 Saudi-backed coalition fighting Houthi fighters in Yemen calls for a ceasefire after five years to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • 2020-06-21 Saudi Arabia bans international visitors from making the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • 2020-07-01 WHO says Middle East at "critical threshold" with COVID-19 cases over 1 million, 80% of deaths in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
  • 2020-07-29 Scaled back Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia with no foreigners
  • 2020-09-18 Earliest dated evidence for the human species in the Arabian Peninsula as fossilized footprints 120,000 years old uncovered in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert [1]
  • 2021-01-05 Six Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, sign an agreement to ease the blockage with Qatar, in place since 2017

Battle of Interest

2021-02-04 US President Joe Biden announces an end to US support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen's civil war

  • 2022-02-17 28,000 women apply for 30 jobs driving trains after they are advertised for women in Saudi Arabia for the first time [1]
  • 2022-03-12 Saudi Arabia executes 81 convicted criminals, the country's largest known mass execution in modern times [1]

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