A chronology of key events
Posted by alanmirs on February 21, 2007
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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