This Day in History

This day in history (1955): Aramco camps get a new name

The Nov. 9, 1955, edition of The Sun and Flare highlighted the renaming of the Intermediate and General camps to Al-Munirah and Al-Salamah, respectively.

This day in history (1955): Aramco camps get a new name

From the Nov. 9, 1955 edition of The Sun and Flare

Dhahran's Intermediate and General camps have been renamed "Al-Munirah" and "Al-Salamah," respectively.


The names were elected in a contest conducted among the employees living in the two areas. The winners were Nassir ibn Abdallah, who submitted the name "Al-Munirah," meaning "The Bright spot," and Sultan ibn Ibrahim and Abdallah Mohammad Ibriq, who submitted the name Al-Salamah, which means "The Haven."


The winners were each awarded SR150 at ceremonies in which signs bearing the names of the camps were installed.


1989 – The Berlin Wall, long a symbol of the Cold War, was opened by the East German government.


1985 – Garry Kasparov, 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion.


1953 – Cambodia gained its independence from France.


1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first sitting American president to make an official trip beyond the countries borders, traveling to Panama to inspect progress on the canal being built there.


1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


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