today’s birthday: King Hassan II of Morocco (1929)

King Hassan II of Morocco (1929)

Hassan II became king of Morocco upon the death of his father in 1961. In 1965, political unrest caused him to assume full executive and legislative control, and although an abortive coup led him to yield some of his powers to parliament, the dictatorial period during his rule became known as the “Years of Lead.” During his reign, he claimed Western Sahara for Morocco and resolved long-standing border issues with Algeria. What two assassination attempts did Hassan survive in the 1970s? More… Discuss

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