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Jordanians commemorate 85th birthday of the late King Hussein bin Talal


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Jordanians will Saturday commemorate the 85th anniversary of the birth of the late His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal. He is known as father of modern Jordan for his insightful vision, wisdom and dedication towards the people.
King Hussein was born Nov.14 1935 in Amman to Prince Talal bin Abdullah and Princess Zein Al-Sharaf bint Jamil. He had two brothers, Prince Muhammad and Prince El-Hassan and one sister, Princess Basma.
His Majesty attended Victoria College in Egypt and Harrow School in England upon completing his elementary school education in Amman. In addition, he received a military education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England.
King Hussein had many humanitarian achievements, including raising literacy rates from 33 percent in 1960 to 85.5 percent in 1996. According to UNICEF, between 1981 and 1991, Jordan had achieved the fastest annual rate of decline in infant deaths globally, from 70 deaths per 1,000 births in 1981 to 37 per 1,000 in 1991, a drop of 47 percent.
Individuals have taken to social media to recall King Hussein’s journey of life. At the time of his passing, Feb. 7 1999, King Hussein was the longest serving executive head of state worldwide.
His Majesty King Abdullah II wrote on Twitter: "On the anniversary of Hussein’s birth, may God have mercy on him, who vowed to me on the day I was born to serve the most precious Jordan, we recall the great achievements, and the love of Jordanians, young and old, for the leader [who built]. We derive from his path the determination and will to continue building our dear homeland."
Of great significance to the Muslims around the world, King Hussein was also the 4th generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.

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