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A chronology of key events

Posted by alanmirs on February 21, 2007

An Iranian demonstrator holds a picture of Ayatollah Khomeini during a celebration to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Ayatollah Khomeini’s legacy still overshadows US-Iranian relations


1953 US and British intelligence services help Iranian military officers depose Prime Minister Muhammad Mussadeq, a leading exponent of nationalising the oil industry
1979 16 January – US-backed Shah of Iran forced to leave the country after widespread demonstrations and strikes

1979 1 February – Islamic religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile and takes effective power



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