(1906-1975) King of Saudi Arabia 1964
until his assassination
Inside Saudi Arabia, he conducted many economic and educational reforms. He abolished slavery
, reorganized the central government
, and lead the country into economical stability and prosperity.
He was hard on Israel and supportive of other arab nations, he was relatively liberal and secular for a Saudi King to the point of reputedly being a fan of the Grateful Dead who wrote the song Blues for Allah in his honor.
1906: Born in Riyadh as the fourth son of Ibn Saud and Tarfa bint Abdullah al-Shaykh.
1926: Becomes governor of Hijaz, after this region had been conquered by his father in 1924, and become part of the kingdom in 1926.
1934: Performs an official visit to Soviet Union, on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Fights a war against North Yemen.
1945: Represents Saudi Arabia at the United Nations founding Conference.
1953: When his elder brother Sa'ud becomes king, Faisal becomes crown prince and foreign minister of Saudi Arabia.
1958: Faisal gets full executive powers, following an economical crisis of Saudi Arabia.
1960: Faisal gives up his powers, after pressure from his brother, the king.
1962: Once again, Faisal is given full executive powers in Saudi Arabia.
1964: March: Faisal becomes viceroy.
November: Faisal is appointed king, after the deposition of his brother.
1967 June: At Faisal's initiative, Saudi troops participates in the Six-Day War.
1973: He starts a program intended to increase the military power of Saudi Arabia.
1975 March 25: He is shot dead by his nephew Prince Faisal bin Musad.