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1952

Hussein accedes to the Jordanian throne

Prince Hussein is proclaimed the king of Jordan after his father, King Talal, is declared unfit to rule by the Jordanian Parliament on grounds of mental illness. Hussein was formally crowned on 14 November 1953, his 18th birthday. He was the third constitutional king of Jordan and a member of the Hashemite dynasty, said to be in direct line of descent from the Prophet Muhammad.

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1984

Ronald Reagan makes inappropriate joke about Russia on radio

Explosive HumourWe all like a joke right? It’s what makes the world go round. That and gravity (I assume. I didn’t do physics. I did home economics). But when the joke involves the mutually assured destruction of the entire planet made by the man whose finger was on the button, it’s safe to assume that not everyone was going to see the funny side. But that’s exactly what happened on thi... Read more >