Jordan History Timeline
6th -4 th Century BC
Nabateans settled in Jordan
Nabatae, whose capital was Petra, absorbed by
Alexander the Great destroyed Jordan on his way
Jordan was conquered by Muslim Arabs and comes under control of
the Ummayad empire.
Seljuk Turks begin to rule Jordan
The Mamlukes, slave soldiers, seized control of the Egyptian
Sultanate and ruled until 1517
Ottoman Turks conquered Jordan.
Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine were part of Syria under Ottoman
Britain recognized Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
Transjordan (now Jordan) gained independence
from Britain and became a kingdom.
Thousands of Palestinians flee Arab-Israeli
fighting to West Bank and Jordan
King Abdullah Ibn Hussein was assassinated in
Jerusalem by a Palestinian fanatic
Hussein proclaimed king after his father.
British troops complete their withdrawal from
King Hussein dissolved the Arab Federation of
Jordan and Iraq.
Israel takes control of Jerusalem and West Bank during Six-Day
Major fights break out between government
forces and Palestinian guerrillas. The Black September crises
left 2,000 people dead in 13 days of fighting.
King Hussein recognises PLO as sole legitimate
representative of Palestinian people.
Jordanís government shut down all offices of
al-Fatah, the mainstream group in the divided Palestine
Hussein publicly supports the Palestinian uprising against
Jordan signs peace treaty with Israel, ending 46-year official
state of war. Bill Clinton attended the ceremonies
Most political parties boycotted the
parliamentary poll in November
King Hussein passes away on 7 February. More
than 50 heads of state attend his funeral. He was succeeded by
his eldest son, Abdullah.
First parliamentary elections under King Abdullah II. Allies of
the King win more than half of the seats.
First local elections since 1999. The Islamist Action Front -
the main opposition party- withdraws after accusing the
government of vote-rigging.