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Hussein bin Talal served as king of Jordan from 1953 to 1999. He helped guide his country into the modern era.
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Hussein bin Talal was born on November 14, 1935, in Amman, Jordan. The son of King Talal, also known as Talal I bin Abdullah, Hussein ruled as king of Jordan from 1953 to 1999. His era of reign—spanning the Cold War and 40 years of Arab-Israeli conflict—marked the making of modern Jordan. Hussein bin Talal died in 1999. His successor was Abdullah II.
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