Timeline of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
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Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire Period
- 1916: In May, in advance of the Triple Entente's defeat of the Ottoman Empire, the Sykes–Picot Agreement carves it up between Britain and France, defining much of the common border between Syria and what was to become Jordan, Palestine / Israel and Iraq. At the time, the area which is today Jordan was part of the Hejaz Vilayet and the Syria Vilayet
- 1916: In June, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca entered into an alliance with the United Kingdom and France against the Ottomans sometime around 8 June 1916, the actual date being somewhat uncertain. This alliance began the Arab Revolt.
- 1916: In June, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca is declared King of the Kingdom of Hejaz
- 1917: Auda ibu Tayi and T. E. Lawrence defeat the Ottomans at the Battle of Aqaba - the primary military success of the Hashemite forces in the Arab Revolt
- 1918: Ottomans repel the First Transjordan attack on Amman and Second Transjordan attack on Shunet Nimrin and Es Salt
- 1918: Between September and October, Triple Entente forces defeat the Ottomans in Megiddo, Damascus, Amman and Deraa
- 1918: The Ottoman Empire signed the Armistice of Mudros, ending the Middle Eastern theatre of World War I
- 1918: Faisal, the leader of the Arab revolt and the third son of Hussein, King of Hejaz, is declared head of a provisional government in what was previously the Vilayet of Syria The area which became Trans-Jordan was split between the southern extension of Syria and the northern extension of Hejaz
- 1920: In March, Faisal proclaimed himself King of the Kingdom of Syria
- 1920: In April, the San Remo conference formally outlines the proposed French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon and British Mandate for Palestine along the lines of the Sykes–Picot Agreement. The border between British and French territory would carve northern Trans-Jordan from the Vilayet of Syria, however no direct mention of Trans-Jordan was made at the conference
- 1920: Battle of Maysalun - In July, French forces captured Damascus and expelled Faisal. His brother Abdullah moved his forces into Ma'an (then in the north of the Kingdom of Hejaz) with a view to liberating Damascus, where his brother had been proclaimed King in 1918.
- 1920: In August, Herbert Samuel delivers his speech at Salt, for which he was reprimanded by Curzon
- 1920: In October, Frederick Peake formed a unit of 150 men called the "Mobile Force"
Emirate and Mandate Period
- 1921: In March, the Cairo Conference (1921) agrees to award the Emirate of Trans-Jordan to Abdullah and the mandate of Mesopotamia to Faisal During the conference, Winston Churchill invites Abdullah to a famous "tea party" where he convinced Abdullah to stay put and not attack the French in return for the creation of the Emirate of Transjordan.
- 1922: The Council of the League of Nations accepts the British Transjordan memorandum defining the limits of Trans-Jordan and excluding that territory from the provisions in the Mandate concerning the Jewish national home.
- 1922: British Government passes the Order defining Boundaries of Territory to which the Palestine Order-in-Council does not apply
- 1923: Britain recognises Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
- 1923: Frederick Peake's "Mobile Force" becomes Al Jeish al Arabi (the Arab Army), known in English as the Arab Legion
- 1925: Hadda Agreement between TransJordan and Nejd formally agrees the boundary between the two countries following the Kuwait Conference. The agreement concludes by stating "This Agreement will remain in force for so long as His Britannic Majesty's Government are entrusted with the Mandate for Trans-Jordan"
- 1946: Britain ends its mandate over Transjordan, granting full independence to the Kingdom
- 1947: Dead Sea Scrolls discovered
- 1947-48: Thousands of Palestinians flee Arab-Israeli fighting to West Bank and Jordan
- 1948-49: Arab-Israeli war concludes with the armistice agreements. The territory of the Mandatory Palestine is divided between Israel, Jordan (changed from Transjordan) and Egypt
Post 1948 War
- 1951: Riad as-Solh, former Lebanese prime minister, was assassinated in Amman by member of the Syrian Nationalist Party.
- 1951: King Abdullah I of Jordan was assassinated in Jerusalem by a Palestinian. Hussein is proclaimed king after his father.
- 1957 British troops complete their withdrawal from Jordan.
- 1958: Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan created in February, shortly before the creation of United Arab Republic between Egypt and Syria. It was disestablished following the 14 July Revolution in Iraq.
- 1965: Jordan and Saudi Arabia concluded a bilateral agreement that realigned and delimited the boundary, resulting in some exchange of territory, allowing Jordan to expand its port facilities at Aqaba and protecting the pasturage and watering rights of certain nomadic tribes.
- 1967: Six-Day War
Post 1967 War
- 1968: Battle of Karameh between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and combined forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Jordanian Army.
- 1970: Black September in Jordan. The PLO were driven out to Lebanon.
- 1973: Yom Kippur War
- 1994: Israel–Jordan Treaty of Peace
- 1999: King Abdullah bin Al Hussein became the 4th king of The Hashemite of Jordan.
- Harding, G. Lankester. 1959. The Antiquities of Jordan. Lutterworth Press, London. 2nd impression, 1960.
- A Peace To End All Peace, David Fromkin, Avon Books, New York, 1990
- A History of Jordan, Philip Robins
- Maunsell 1926 p. 212
- The encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli conflict, by Spencer Tucker, Priscilla Mary Roberts
- The modern history of Jordan, Kamal S. Salibi
- Cairo conference
- Churchill and Palestine, David Lyon Hurwitz
- Cmd. 5479, 1937, p. 37.
- Kamil Dib, "Warlords and Merchants, The Lebanese Business and Political Establishment", page 89