The year 1979 A.D.

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January, 4, 1979 A.D.:
Guadeloupe Conference On Iran


The Guadeloupe Conference attended by heads of four Western powers; U.S., UK, France and West Germany, was held in the first week of January 1979 on the island of Guadeloupe. Their agenda concerned world issues and the political crisis in Iran, where a popular revolutionary upsurge was about to top... Read Full Article:


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January, 6, 1979 A.D.:
Bakhtiar Becomes Prime Minister


Shapour Bakhtiar was Mohammad Reza Shah's last Prime Minister. He took several measures to appeal to the opposition movement such as ending restrictions on the press, freeing political prisoners, dissolution of SAVAK, and lifting martial law.He promised free elections, and ordered withdrawal from CE... Read Full Article:


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January, 12, 1979 A.D.:
Council Of The Islamic Revolution Founded


(Wikipedia) - The Council of the Islamic Revolution was a group formed by Ayatollah Khomeini on 12 January 1979, shortly before he returned to Iran. Over the next few months the council issued hundreds of rulings and laws, dealing with everything from nationalization to salaries. Its existence was k... Read Full Article:


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January, 16, 1979 A.D.:
Shah Flees To Egypt


The last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left Iran with his wife and family for Aswan in Egypt on Jan, 16, 1979. Public demonstration in almost all Iranian cities could no more be silenced by military force and Shah was afraid of a coup against himself and was hoping that after his departure a C... Read Full Article:


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January, 24, 1979 A.D.:
Military Occupation Of Mehrabad Airport


Military occupation of the Mehrabad Airport took place on January 24, 1979 by an order from PM Shapour Bakhtiar. It was the last move from Pahlavi regime in order to prevent Imam Khomeini from flying to Tehran. Bakhtiar took several measures designed to appeal to elements in the opposition movement.... Read Full Article:


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February, 1, 1979 A.D.:
Ayatollah Khomeini Arrives In Tehran


An important milestone in actualization of the Islamic Revolution was Ayatollah Khomeini's return from exile on this day, Feb, 1, 1979. He arrived at the Mehrabad Airport of Tehran at 9:33 am on Air France. Accompanied by thousands of enthusiastic supporters, he went directly to Behesht Zahra Cemete... Read Full Article:


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February, 3, 1979 A.D.:
American General Leaves Tehran


General Robert E. Huyser a special envoy from Jimmy Carter left Tehran for Washington. His mission was to help the Iranian army take control of the civil uprising in Iran. Of Dutch origin Huyser was a US air force general who published the book Mission to Tehran before he died of heart attack in 199... Read Full Article:


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February, 5, 1979 A.D.:
Bazargan Becomes Prime Minister


On Feb, 5, 1979, Mehdi Bazargan was appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini as the revolutionary prime minister to form the interim government. At the same time Shapour Bakhtiar who was still claiming power, was the last prime minister appointed by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi; thus Iran had two prime ministe... Read Full Article:


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February, 14, 1979 A.D.:
CFK Occupation Of US Embassy


Only three days after the Iranian Revolution, on Feb, 14, 1979 a group of CFK armed militants took control of the US embassy in Tehran facing little resistance. After a brief clash with the US Marines guarding the embassy, the compound was under control of the CFK. The United States was seen as Iran... Read Full Article:


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February, 19, 1979 A.D.:
Iran Sides With Palestinians Against Israel


One of the most determining dates in contemporary Iranian history is today when during a ceremony Yasser Arafat, the leader of the PLO inaugurated the Palestine embassy in Tehran. The building allocated for this purpose was the embassy of Israel. Ahmad, Ayatollah Khomeini's son represented his fathe... Read Full Article:


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April, 1, 1979 A.D.:
Referandum From Monarchy To Republic


After a referendum that took place on two consequent days, a great majority of Iranians voted for a change of regime from Monarchy to Islamic Republic. According to published records in this referendum 20,288,000 people voted "Yes" and 241,000 people voted "No" at the poll. Ayatollah Khomeini's decl... Read Full Article:


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May, 1, 1979 A.D.:
Dr. Motahhari Assassinated


Morteza Motahhari, one of the most prominent figures of the Islamic revolution of Iran was assassinated while leaving Dr. Sahabi's house in Tehran. The murderer approached him from behind and shot him in the back of his head causing his death in minutes. The extremist Forghan group took the responsi... Read Full Article:


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August, 7, 1979 A.D.:
International Qods Day Initiative


On Aug, 7, 1979, Imam Khomeini invited the Muslims around the globe to march in solidarity with Palestinians on the last Friday of Ramazan. Khomeini declared the liberation of Jerusalem a religious duty to all Muslims.Khomeini was quoted: Quds Day is an international day, it is not a day devoted to... Read Full Article:


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September, 10, 1979 A.D.:
Death Of Taleghani


Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani (1911 - September 10, 1979) was an Iranian theologian, humanist, Muslim reformer, democracy advocate and a senior Shia cleric of Iran. Taleghani was a contemporary of the Iranian Revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and a leader in his own right of Iran's Shia... Read Full Article:


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November, 4, 1979 A.D.:
Iranian Students Seize U.S. Embassy In Tehran


During public uprising Shah fled the country. After the revolution U.S. was asked to return the dictator but the request was denied. He was reportedly under treatment for cancer and took a surgery in New York. On Nov, 4, 1979 a group of young people calling themselves Students in the path of Imam st... Read Full Article:


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November, 5, 1979 A.D.:
PM Bazargan Resigns


One day after the U.S. embassy was raided, PM Bazargan resigned in protest. Bazargan was constantly under pressure from hardliners. He was one of founders of the most respected liberal movement in Iran whose political background indicated his activities alongside Mosaddegh. After the regime change, ... Read Full Article:


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November, 6, 1979 A.D.:
Last Shipment Of American Grain To Iran


Iran began a worldwide search for large quantities of grain to make up for supplies of grain from the United States. The last American grain shipment to Iran was a 32,000 ton cargo that left Portland, Oregon on Nov, 6, 1979.US wheat farmers considered a boycott not to be in their best interest.On No... Read Full Article:


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November, 13, 1979 A.D.:
US Reacts To Hostage Crisis


The United States freezes Iranian assets in the US based on the decision by President Jimmy Carter entering the two countries into a long-term period of hostilities. Anti-American sentiments in Iran fueled in part by close ties between the U.S. and the unpopular leader Mohammad Reza Shah. Shah fled ... Read Full Article:


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December, 3, 1979 A.D.:
Islamic Republic Constitution Approved


On June 18, 1979, the Freedom Movement released its draft constitution for the Islamic Republic that it had been working on since Imam Khomeini was in exile. Aside from substituting a president for the king, the draft constitution did not differ markedly from the 1906 constitution. Approved by Khome... Read Full Article:


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December, 15, 1979 A.D.:
Shah Escapes To Panama


Under international pressure and fear of being assassinated or delivered to Iran for trial, the Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah finds a resort in a far away island in Panama. Because of massive street demonstrations and constant public pressure Shah had fled from Iran like he had done 26 years ... Read Full Article:

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