The Iranian History 1900 AD


First Iranian Competes In Olympics

May, 14, 1900 AD

Askar Khan Afshar was a Persian ambassador who was sent to Paris, during the period of the Franco-Persian alliance (Qajar Dynasty). He arrived in Paris on 20 July 1808 and was able to meet Napoleon on 4 September 1808 at Chteau de Saint-Cloud.The first Iranian to compete at Olympic Games was Fereydoun Malkom, a fencer who participated in 1900 Summer Olympics in France. He was disqualified during the first round (14-15 May). In Paris Games, 76 fencers from 19 nations competed. Iran, Haiti and Peru were not recognized by IOC due to the fact that these countries did not officially participate in the event.
Not much is known about Fereydoun Khan Malkom other than he was a prince from the Qajar Royal Court. He became the first Olympic competitor for Persia (Iran), and the only one to compete in the Qajar dynasty.
It would not be until the Pahlavi Dynasty and the 1948 Summer Olympics when Iran sent a team to compete at the Olympic Games. (Updated: Feb, 25, 2012)

Terror Plot Against Mozaffaroddin Shah

Aug, 2, 1900 AD

Assassination attempt against Qajar king Mozaffaroddin Shah while riding in his Coach in Paris on Au, 2, 1900. On his way to purchase some automobiles a French man approached the coach but before he could pull the trigger Hakimolmolk grabbed his hand.Assassination attempt against Mozaffaroddin Shah took place in Paris on Aug, 2, 1900 during his tour of Europe.
According to Shah's own diary, on his sixth day of his visit, he was invited to the Versailles Palace. After taking some photographs, they were seated in a coach with his Prime Minister Aminossoltan, Minister of court Hakimolmolk, and a French general. Shah had ordered some automobiles, and he wanted to check them out on his way. Short after they took off, a French man attacked the guards and jumped on the side of the carriage. But as soon as he pulled out his gun to shoot Mozaffaroddin Shah, Hakimolmolk grabbed his hand and pressed it until the man had to drop the gun.
The assassin was arrested and turned out to be a French anarchist. His motivation remained unknown but for some reasons, Shah pardoned him probably happy and thankful that he did not share the same faith as his father. (Updated: Jun, 1, 2011)

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