Iran and US History

  • Prime Minister Overthrown

    The US with encouragement from Britain organize an coup and overthrow the popular Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq.
  • Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi

    Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was reinstated to power after the coup.
  • Egypt

    Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi takes his family and leaves Iran to relocate in Egypt.
  • Ayatollah Khomeini

    Ayatollah Khomeini, Islamic religious leader, returns from exile and takes power two after the shah left the country.
  • Iran Hostage Crisis

    Islamic militants storm the American embassy located in Teheran, Iran taking 52 hostages.
  • A Failed Attempt

    The rescue that was ordered by President Carter failed and killed 8 men.
  • Iran-Iraq War

    Iraqi forces invade Iran marking the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war.
  • Freedom

    President Carter left office. Later that same day the last hostages are freed after 444 days.
  • Man Down

    USS Vincennes, who was on patrol in the Persian Gulf, shot down Iranian passenger jet resulting in the death of all 290 passengers.
  • "Axis of Evil"

    George W. Bush in his State of the Union address named Iran, Iraq, and North Korea the "axis of evil"
  • International Sanctions

    Secretary of State Colin Powell says Iran's nuclear program is a growing threat and calls for international sanctions.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elecated President of Iran.
  • Small Scale

    Iran made an announment that on small scale it has successfully enriched uranium.
  • Letters

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent an 18-page letter to Bush, which is considered by some an advance for better US-Iran relations.
  • Relected

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is relected by a landslide 62.6 percent of the vote.