The flag of Kuwait was adopted on September 7, 1961, and officially hoisted November 24, 1961.
Kuwait held its first parliamentary elections in 1963. It was the first Gulf country to establish a constitution and parliament.
In 1963, Kuwait changed its National Day from June 19th, the anniversary of its independence, to February 25th to avoid the hot weather of June. February 25 was the anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah becoming Emir of Kuwait in 1950.
On August 2, 1990, Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait, overrunning the Kuwaiti military within two days, and eventually sparking the outbreak of the Gulf War seven months later.
After a series of failed diplomatic negotiations, the United States led a coalition to remove the Iraqi forces from Kuwait, in what became known as the Gulf War. On February 26, 1991, the coalition succeeded in driving out the Iraqi forces.
|Oil fires caused by the scorched earth policy of Iraqi military forces retreating from Kuwait|
The citizens of Kuwait celebrated the end of the first Gulf War by firing weapons into the air. 20 Kuwaitis died as a result of bullets falling from the sky.
Kuwait has won two Olympic medals, both bronze for Fehaid Al-Dehani at trap shooting.
Kuwait is the only country in the world with no natural water supply from lakes or reservoirs.
It has about 96 billion barrels of crude oil reserves, which is 10% of all of the oil reserves in the world (the world’s fifth largest oil reserves).
As of 2014, Kuwait has a population of 4.1 million people; 1.2 million are Kuwaitis and 2.8 million are expatriates.]
There are 1.43 males to every female in Kuwait.