King Hussein I

Political Leader

Born: 14 November 1935
Died: 7 February 1999 (Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma)
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
Best known as: The ruler of Jordan from 1953-1999

Said to be a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad, King Hussein I was the longtime ruler of the nation of Jordan. Schooled in Egypt and at the British Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the 18-year-old Hussein took the throne in 1953 following the death of his grandfather, King Abdullah. After some difficult years early in his reign, Hussein became known as a moderating force in the Middle East, with strong ties to many Arab leaders and to western nations. In 1998-99, the king spent six months in the U.S. being treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; he succumbed to the disease in February of 1999, leaving his eldest son Abdullah II as his successor.

Extra credit:

King Hussein was an amateur (“ham”) radio buff; his call sign was JY1.

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