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Name: Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud                                                       
Born: 1921                                                                             
Died: 1 August 2005                                                                     
Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1921 - August 1, 2005) was           
the king of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister and Head of the House of Saud. One of         
thirty-six sons of Saudi founder Ibn Saud, and the fourth of his five sons who         
have ruled the Kingdom (Saud, Faisal, Khalid, Fahd, and Abdullah), Fahd ascended       
to the throne on the death of his half-brother, King Khalid, on June 13, 1982.         
Fahd was appointed Crown Prince when Khalid succeeded their half-brother King           
Faisal, who was assassinated in 1975. Fahd was viewed as the de facto prime             
minister during King Khalid's reign in part due to the latter's ill health.             
Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke November 29, 1995, after which he was unable       
to continue performing his full official duties. His half-brother, Abdullah, the       
country's Crown Prince, served as de facto regent of the kingdom and succeeded         
Fahd as monarch upon his death on August 1, 2005.                                       
King Fahd is credited for having introduced the Basic Law of Saudi Arabia in