Saudi Events in History

2015 Event - Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announces that Arab leaders will be combining their military resources to combat violence in the region; Saudi Arabia has already led joint forces in airstrikes on Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen

2015 Event - King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia dies at age 90 after hospitalization for pneumonia three weeks earlier; he has been succeeded by his half brother Salman of Saudi Arabia

2013 Event - Saudi Arabia's government agrees to give Lebanon $3 billion to strengthen Lebanon's army and purchase weapons from France

2013 Event - Officials crackdown on foreigners working illegally in the Saudi kingdom; over 16,000 are arrested in the search

2013 Event - After being elected to the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia reports it will decline its seat because the UN failed to end the Ghouta chemical attack

2013 Event - The UN Security Council elects Lithuania, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Chad and Chile to a two-year term beginning January 1, 2014

2013 Event - The World Health Organization announces that the Novel coronavirus 2012, the newly discovered coronavirus, also referred to as Saudi SARS, can be transmitted from person-to-person contact

2013 Event - Saudi Arabia appoints Fahd bin Abdullah as its new deputy defense minister

2013 Event - In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the governor of the Riyadh Province, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, member of the House of Saud, dies at age 72

2013 Event - In Saudi Arabia, Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed al-Gizawi is sentenced to five years in prison and 300 lashes, for possession of Xanax anti-anxiety pills

2012 Event - The novel coronavirus alert is lifted by the World Health Organization after they determine the virus, which originated in Saudi Arabia, is not highly contagious

2012 Event - A novel corona virus found in a Qatari man returning from Saudi Arabia is investigated by the World Health Organization, prompting the announcement of a global alert

2012 Event - Saudi Arabia donates $100 million to the Palestinian Authority

2012 Event - In the Najran Province of Saudi Arabia, a man is beheaded on charges of sorcery and witchcraft

2012 Event - Following the death of Crown Prince, Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz becomes Saudi Arabia's heir apparent

2012 Event - A letter written by Manal al Sharif, and signed by hundreds, urges Saudi King Abdullah to give women the right to drive

2012 Event - The wives and children of former Osama bin Laden are deported from Pakistan to Saudi Arabialo

2012 Event - Sweden's media reports the country is helping Saudi Arabia plan the construction of a weapons factory

2011 Event - Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia dies, raising questions about succession in the kingdom

2011 Event - In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah announces reforms that give women the right to vote and run in municipal elections

2011 Event - Saudi Arabia bans all protests after demonstrations have taken place east of the country

2011 Event - WikiLeaks cables claiming Saudi Arabia has exaggerated its crude oil reserves by 40% is published by The Guardian

2011 Event - An archeologist using Google Maps identifies 2,000 potential archeological sites in Saudi Arabia

2010 Event - U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal a cable from Hillary Clinton accusing Saudi Arabia's rich of being the largest source of funding for Sunni terrorist groups

2010 Event - Saudi Arabia agrees to address security fears with Blackberry; the country determines it will not ban Blackberry instant messaging

2005 Event - King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies and is succeeded by Prince Abdullah

2004 Event - At least 250 Muslim pilgrims crushed to death during the annual stoning of Satan ritual in the Mena Valley, Saudi Arabia

1998 Event - At least 119 Muslim pilgrims crushed to death during the annual stoning of Satan ritual in the Mena Valley, Saudi Arabia

1997 Event - Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple Computer

1991 Event - U.S., barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28

1990 Event - George Bush visits U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia

1990 Event - Secretary of State James Baker visits U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia

1990 Event - Saudi Arabia expels many Jordanian and Yemeni envoys

1990 Event - Soviet Union and Saudi Arabia restore diplomatic ties

1990 Event - Egypt and Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion

1990 Event - 12 Arab leaders agree to send pan-Arab forces to protect Saudi Arabia

1990 Event - Desert Shield begins - U.S. deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

1990 Event - Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia

1986 Event - Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed

1983 Event - Syria and Saudi Arabia announce cease-fire in PLO civil war in Tripoli

1982 Event - Fahd becomes king of Saudi Arabia when King Khalid dies at 69

1980 Event - Saudi Arabian Lockhead Tristar crashes on landing at Riyadh, 301 die

1980 Event - 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

1975 Event - Gas stove explodes and starts fire killing 138 (Mecca Saudi Arabia)

1975 Death - Faisal Ibn Mussed Abdul Aziz, Saudi prince, beheaded in Riyadh shopping center parking lot for killing his uncle the king

1974 Event - U.S. and Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract

1973 Event - "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum

1964 Event - Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi Arabia

1962 Event - Saudi Arabia proclaims abolishing slavery

1960 Event - King Saudi of Saudi-Arabia takes power

1958 Event - Faisal succeeds Saudi as king of Saudi-Arabia

1957 Birthday - Lisa Eilbacher, Dharan, Saudi Arabia, actress, Beverly Hills Cop

1955 Birthday - Al-Waleed bin Talal, born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, member of the Saudi Royal Family, businessman

1953 Death - Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud, founder of Saudi Arabia, dies at about 73

1953 Death - Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, Saudi Arabian Statesman

1950 Event - Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria sign security pact

1948 Event - Saudi Arabia joins invasion of Israel

1948 Event - Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabian troops attack Israel

1939 Event - Iraq and Saudi Arabia declare war on nazi-Germany

1935 Birthday - Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi businessman/billionaire/arms dealer

1932 Event - Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd merge into Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

1927 Event - Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda)

1926 Event - Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia

1924 Event - Wahhabietes under Ibn Saudi take Mecca

1902 Birthday - Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud, king, Saudi Arabia

1902 Birthday - Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud, Kuwait, king, Saudi Arabia

1876 Birthday - Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, Saudi Arabian Statesman