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Jordan History Timeline

Jordan's Information

Flag of Jordan
Land Area 88,802 km2
Water Area 540 km2
Total Area 89,342km2 (#110)
Population 8,185,384 (#96)
Population Density 92.18/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $86.19 Billion
GDP Per Capita $11,100
Currency Dinar (JOD)
Largest Cities

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1900s continued
  • (1990) Jordan suffered severe economic, diplomatic strain due to Gulf crisis after Iraq invaded Kuwait
  • (1991) Jordan became fourth Arab country to sign onto U.S.-backed Middle East peace conference
  • (1992) Political parties were allowed
  • (1993) Israeli and Jordan signed PLO-Israeli peace accord
  • (1993) Islamic parties allowed to run for Parliament, King Hussein limited number of seats they could win
  • (1993) Press restrictions were lifted
  • (1994) King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed declaration, ended 46 years of formal state of war between the two countries
  • (1994) First road link between Israel and Jordan opened
  • (1996) Two days of rioting occurred over higher bread prices
  • (1997) Parliamentary elections were boycotted by most political parties
  • (1998) King Hussein went to U.S. for cancer treatments
  • (1999) King Hussein passed away; Crown Prince Abdullah bin Al-Hussein sworn in as King
2000s
  • (2000) U. S. and Jordan signed free trade deal, included environmental standards, labor rights
  • (2000) Prime Minister Abdelraouf Al-Fawabdeh resigned, King Abdullah II appointed Ali Abu Ragheb
  • (2001) King Abdullah, Syrian and Egyptian presidents inaugurated a $300 million electricity-line project to link the three countries
  • (2002) Jordan and Israel agreed to pipe water from the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea
  • (2002) Riots erupted in Maan after the death of a youth who had been in custody
  • (2002) Jordan shut down Al-Jazeera's office in Amman, recalled its ambassador in dispute over television program which Jordan said insulted the royal family
  • (2002) Laurence Foley, U. S. diplomat, assassinated in Amman outside of his home
  • (2002) Two alleged al-Qaida members arrested for the killing of Laurence Foley
  • (2003) First parliamentary election under King Abdullah II was held; more than half of the seats were won by allies of the King
  • (2003) Bomb attack on Jordan's embassy in Baghdad, Iraq killed 19 people
  • (2003) King Abdullah asked royal court minister to form new government
  • (2003) Faisal Al-Fayez was sworn in as new prime minister
  • (2004) Military court convicted eight Muslim militants, sentenced them to death for killing U. S. government official
  • (2004 - 2008) Over 2,700 Jordanians of Palestinian origin lost their citizenship as government feared disruption of demographic balance if Palestinians became majority
  • (2005) 17 militants linked to al-Qaida were arrested after plotting an attack of U. S. troops and Jordanian intelligence agents
  • (2005) Government resigned over reports of King's unhappiness about reforms, new cabinet was sworn in led by Prime Minister Adnan Badran
  • (2005) 59 people killed, 115 wounded in suicide bombings at three U. S.-based hotels in Amman
  • (2005) Prime Minister Adnan Badran resigned, King Abdullah II named Marouf al-Bakhit as new prime minister
  • (2006) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, born in Jordan, and leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, killed in air strike
  • (2006) King Abdullah criticized U. S. and Israel for fighting in Lebanon
  • (2007) Nader Dahabi appointed prime minister
  • (2007) Islamic opposition defeated in elections, lost nearly two-thirds of their parliament seats, accused government of fraud
  • (2007) Jordan asked for international help to deal with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who had fled to the country to escape violence at home
  • (2008) France signed agreement to help Jordan develop nuclear energy program
  • (2009) King Abdullah dissolved parliament; appointed new premier to push through economic reform
  • (2010) String of rockets fired by Palestinian Hamas operating from Israel, killed one, wounded four
  • (2010) In elections, loyalists of King Abdullah won majority of seats in Parliament
  • (2010) Fans of rival soccer teams clashed after match, 250 injured
  • (2011) Protests continued over price increases and inflation, called for government to step down
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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