Iran Events in History

2015 Event - U.S. President Barack Obama speaks out in defense of the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and Western nations; the deal removes economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for reductions in its technological research and its nuclear fuel

2015 Event - Nuclear talks between Iran and Western nations fail to conclude by today's extended deadline, leading both sides to agree to another extension; Iran seeks removal of all U.N. sanctions in exchange for limitations on its nuclear development activities

2015 Event - UNESCO has added new sites to its World Heritage list, including the regions of Champagne and Burgundy in France, both Susa and the cultural setting of Maymand in Iran, and the Singapore Botanical Gardens, among others

2015 Event - Iran will receive an S-300 air defense system from Russia; though the move won't violate U.N. sanctions against Iran, other nations currently in negotiation with Iran over nuclear issues have expressed concern

2015 Event - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to speak out against the pending deal with Iran in which sanctions will be lifted in exchange for cuts in Iranian nuclear capacity; Netanyahu warns the pact may lead to nuclear arms acceleration

2015 Event - The deadline has passed for conclusion of negotiations by Iran and a group of six nations on Iran's nuclear program; however, as some progress has been made, the talks will continue

2015 Event - Negotiations continue between Iran and a group of six nations regarding limits on Iran's nuclear program, with the end of March approaching as an initial deadline; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expresses optimism that an agreement will be reached

2015 Event - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to U.S. Congress on his concerns with current negotiations to limit Iran's nuclear program, portraying the deal as dangerous; U.S. President Barack Obama dismissed the speech content as 'nothing new'

2015 Event - U.S. President Barack Obama vows to veto additional sanctions proposed by Congress against Iran, citing the delicacy of international talks currently underway with the nation regarding limitations on its nuclear program

2014 Event - U.S.-Iranian citizen Jason Rezaian, the head of the 'Washington Post' bureau in Iran, has been accused of unknown charges and is being held without bail; Iran has denied requests from Switzerland to check on Rezaian's condition on behalf of the U.S.

2014 Event - Negotiators have extended until next June the deadline for agreements regarding Iran's nuclear program; despite failure to meet the deadline, both Iran and the six-nation group claim that progress has been made

2014 Event - A planned demonstration in Iran against recent acid attacks on women has been prevented by a show of police forces; protesters believe the women were attacked due to improper covering in accordance with the nation's dress code

2014 Event - Iran is strengthening gender segregation policies, forbidding women to work in public areas of restaurants and seeking separation from men in office settings; the move will increase the 18.9% female jobless rate

2014 Event - The Pyu Ancient Cities in Myanmar and the Shahr-i-Sokhta (Burnt City) in Iran have been named World Heritage sites; the Myanmar cities were active from 200 B.C. to 900 A.D.; the Iranian city was active primarily from 3200 B.C. to about 1800 B.C.

2014 Event - Iran balks at the terms for peaceful nuclear development suggested by Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States; the nations hope to reach a deal by July 20th; in exchange, sanctions against Iran will be removed

2014 Event - The U.S. may cooperate with Iran in identifying options to address the violence in Iraq, though such options would not include military aid; President Barack Obama has sent 257 troops to Baghdad to provide additional security for the U.S. embassy

2014 Event - The U.S. Congress will as for $4.5 billion for additional missile defense spending over the next five years; the funds would partially pay for new radar in Alaska, indicating safety concerns regarding missiles from Iran and North Korea

2013 Event - Syria, Iran and North Korea are condemned for human rights violations by the United Nations

2013 Event - Over two dozen companies will have U.S. sanctions imposed upon them as a result of their involvement in aiding Iran with its nuclear program

2013 Event - A meeting between Pope Francis and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, is held at the Vatican; discussions include Iran's nuclear program among other global affairs

2013 Event - Iran experiences a 5.6-magnitude earthquake 35 miles from the Bushehr nuclear plant, raising concerns over the risk of radioactive leaks in the event of a major earthquake; seven people die and 30 are injured

2013 Event - Representatives from the U.S., China, Germany, France, Russia and the U.K., discuss Iran's nuclear program with Iranian officials

2013 Event - Iran releases a new Qaher-313 combat jet which they claim can evade radar detection

2012 Event - A naval base located on the Strait of Hormuz, near Bandar Langeh, is established by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps

2012 Event - Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, says Islam should join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

2012 Event - Protestors in Iran clash with riot police during their demonstration against the collapse of the rial, the country's currency

2012 Event - After the U.S. delists the Mujahideen-e Khalq as a terrorist entity, Iran accuses the United States of having 'double standards'

2012 Event - The 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, Iran, closes with a 60-page final document focusing on Iran's nuclear energy program and the Palestinian issue, with no mention of the civil war in Syria

2012 Event - A report on the nuclear program of Iran released by the IAEA, highlights concern over Iran's nuclear program as the country reportedly has doubled its number of centrifuges as the Fordow facility

2012 Event - The Non-Aligned Movement begins their 16th Summit in Tehran, Iran

2012 Event - Egypt's state news organization states that their President, Mohammed Morsi is going to Iran at the end of August to attend the Non-Aligned Movement meeting

2012 Event - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announces it will end talks with Iran; chief inspector Herman Nackaerts says there has been no progress

2012 Event - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General, Yukiya Amano, goes to Tehran to convince the Iran's government to co-operate with the IAEA

2012 Event - U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel B. Shapiro, says America 'is ready' to attack Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons

2012 Event - The U.S., Russia and China, begin talks about Iran's nuclear program

2012 Event - As part of a continued tightening on world sanctions on Iran, a Chinese company that insures ships will stop indemnifying tankers carrying Iranian oil

2012 Event - The IAEA reports that Iran has been expanding its nuclear activities

2012 Event - The IAEA announces that Iran has denied access to the Parchin military complex where they believe suspicious nuclear activities are taking place

2012 Event - IAEA nuclear inspectors hold discussions about Iran's nuclear program in Tehran

2012 Event - In a retaliatory move against E.U. sanctions, Iran stops all exports to France and the United Kingdom

2012 Event - Iran initiates new military exercises as tensions rise over the country's nuclear program

2012 Event - Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, announces that Iran is willing to discuss its nuclear program with other leaders

2012 Event - Responding to Iran's nuclear program, more sanctions are imposed upon Iran's banking and oil industries by the European Union

2012 Event - While conducting military exercises in the Persian Gulf, Iran successfully test-fires two long-range missiles

2011 Event - If Western nations impose more sanctions, Iran threatens to close down the key oil route of the Strait of Hormuz

2011 Event - Iran refuses to return the RQ-170 Sentinel that Iran captured after it crash landed in the country; Iran reports they are extracting data from the aircraft

2011 Event - President Barack Obama asks Iran to return the RQ-170 Sentinel that was captured near Kashmar December 4, 2011

2011 Event - Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, attacks Britain, claiming the students represent Iran's public opinion

2011 Event - More sanctions are imposed against Iran's nuclear program by the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom

2011 Event - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls on Iran to respond to the IAEA report stating Iran is working on nuclear bomb technology

2011 Event - The IAEA releases a report stating Iran has performed activities relating to the development of a nuclear device, and that the project is likely still under way

2011 Event - Further sanctions are imposed on Belarus, Iran and Syria by the EU, who reiterates the call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down

2011 Event - For appearing in a film critical of the Iran's harsh policies on the arts, actress Marzieh Vafamehr is sentenced to 90 lashes of the cane and a year in jail

2011 Event - The Foreign Ministry of Iran calls for Musa al-Sadr to be released; they claim he has been held in Libya since 1978

2011 Event - In Iran, the Central Bank of Iran launches a website which it will use to poll Iranians on planned economic reforms and changing the national currency

2011 Event - Iran announces it has installed faster nuclear centrifuges to enrich uranium

2011 Event - A report submitted to the United Nations states Iran has been caught attempting to transfer weaponry to terrorists including Hamas and the Taliban 10 times

2011 Event - Iran's Government rejects an investigation into alleged human rights abuses called for by the United Nations Human Rights Council

2011 Event - For the first time since 1979 Iranian Revolution, two ships from the Iran Navy are sent through the Suez Canal

2011 Event - In Iran, opposition leaders plan a nationwide anti-government rally in an attempt to replicate the success of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

2011 Event - Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commented that the 2011 Egyptian protests and Tunisian uprising are a result of 'Islamic awareness'

2010 Event - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejects Iran's successful family planning program and urges young Iranian girls to marry at age 16

2010 Event - The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Mahmoud Bahmani, resigns

2010 Event - The U.S. government determines China is helping Iran bypass U.N. sanctions and is helping them improve their missile technology and develop nuclear weapons

2010 Event - In accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929, Russia bans arms sales to Iran

2010 Event - After a series of delays, Iran agrees to release U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd, arrested in 2009; she is released on bail and permitted to leave the country

2010 Event - Iran's Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, convicted of adultery and sentenced to death, faces the whip

2010 Event - Russia announces its plan to sell Iran S-300 ground-to-air missiles, claiming that new U.N. sanctions do not cover stationary air defense weaponry

2010 Event - President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for 'alien troops' to leave and suggests that the regional nations be allowed to settle things themselves

2010 Event - Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calls for the US to be expelled from the international nuclear system because religion prohibits the use of nuclear weapons

2010 Event - President of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao, meets with President Barack Obama to discuss Iran's nuclear program during the Nuclear Security Summit

2010 Event - 60 countries are invited to participate in Iran's two-day nuclear disarmament conference in Tehran April 17 - 18; China says it will attend

2010 Event - Iran calls upon Muslims around the world to act in protest in response to Israel's plans to build in East Jerusalem

2010 Event - Hossein Marashi, former Vice-President of Iran, is put in jail after being accused of spreading propaganda

2010 Event - Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, commands Iran's atomic agency to start enriching uranium at a higher level

2009 Event - Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes near Qazvin, Iran, all 168 on board are killed

2009 Event - Iran launches first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit

2003 Event - Earthquake kills more than 30,000 in Bam, Iran

2002 Event - Earthquake kills at least 260 in western Iran

2002 Event - Iran Air Tours flight 956 crashes into a mountain in Iran killing 119

2002 Event - In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush likens Iraq, Iran and North Korea to an 'axis of evil'

1995 Death - Ahmad Khomeini, youngest son of Iran ayatollah Khomeini, dies at 48

1995 Death - Mansour Satari, Brigadier-General and commandant (Iran Air Force), dies at 46

1994 Death - Muhammad Ali Araki, ayatollah of Iran, dies

1994 Event - Bomb attack on Islamic temple in Mashad Iran, 70 killed

1994 Event - Lebanon drops relations with Iran

1994 Death - Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64

1994 Event - Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan, 32 killed

1993 Death - Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies

1993 Event - Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed

1993 Event - Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani re-elected president of Iran

1993 Death - Mohammed Hussein Nagdi, Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered

1992 Death - Ali Amini, Prime Minister of Iran 1961 - 1962, dies

1991 Death - Shapur Bahktiar, Prime Minister of Iran 1979, assassinated

1991 Death - Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris

1991 Event - Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years

1990 Event - Salman Rushdie, author, ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy, appears in public for 1st time in 2 years

1990 Event - Iran agrees to resume diplomatic ties with Iraq

1990 Event - 50,000 die in a 7.6 earthquake in Iran

1989 Death - Abdul Rahman Qassemlu, Iran Kurds leader, murdered

1989 Event - Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie

1989 Event - Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Rushdie's book

1989 Event - Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"

1988 Event - Iran and Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war

1988 Event - Cease fire between Iran and Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war

1988 Event - U.S. Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290

1988 Event - Iran says Iraq uses poison gas in the war

1987 Event - Iran and France breaks diplomatic relations

1987 Event - President Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran

1986 Event - Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab

1986 Event - U.S. president Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran

1986 Event - Lebanese magazine Ash Shirra reveals secret U.S. arms sales to Iran

1986 Event - Car bomb kills 20 in Tehran, Iran

1986 Event - Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao

1986 Event - Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq

1985 Event - Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US

1985 Event - Iraqi air raid on Iran oil-island Kharg

1984 Event - Iran offensive against Iraq fails

1984 Event - Iraq resumes air attack on Iran

1982 Death - Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's former foreign minister, executed in Iran

1982 Event - Iran "Ramadan-offensive" in Iraq

1982 Event - Iran minister of Foreign affairs Ghotbzadeh arrested

1982 Event - Iran offensive against Iraq

1981 Event - Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran

1981 Death - Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated

1981 Death - Mohammad Ali Rajai, president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb

1981 Death - Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, assassinated by a bomb

1981 Event - Iran ex-president Bani Sadr flees to Paris

1981 Event - Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran

1981 Death - Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered

1981 Event - 74 government officials die in attack in Iran

1981 Death - Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed

1981 Event - Iran president Bani Sadr deposed

1981 Event - Mudjahedin uprises against Iran regime

1981 Event - 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released

1981 Event - 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US

1981 Event - 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days are freed

1981 Event - U.S. and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages

1981 Event - Iran accepts U.S. offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets

1980 Event - Americans remembered Iran hostages by shining lights for 417 seconds

1980 Event - Iran requests $24 billion in U.S. guarantees to free hostages

1980 Event - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran

1980 Event - Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

1980 Event - Iraqi troops cross Iran's border, encircling Abadan

1980 Event - Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway

1980 Event - Iraqi troops seize part of Iran in a border dispute; war begins

1980 Event - Mohammed Ali Radjai appointed premier of Iran

1980 Event - Failed attack on Iran ex-premier Bakhtiar in Neuilly, France

1980 Event - American hostage Richard I Queen freed by Iran

1980 Event - Ayatollah Khomeini releases Iran hostage Richard I. Queen

1980 Event - Iran rejects a call to World Court to release U.S. hostages

1980 Event - Iran begins scattering U.S. hostages from U.S. Embassy

1980 Event - Announcement of Jimmy Carter hostage rescue bungle in Iran

1980 Event - U.S. military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die

1980 Event - Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis

1980 Event - ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"

1980 Event - Shah of Iran arrives in Egypt

1980 Event - U.S. appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran

1980 Event - Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran

1980 Event - Bani Sadr elected president of Iran

1979 Event - Deposed Shah of Iran leaves U.S. for Panama

1979 Event - World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all U.S. hostages

1979 Death - Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris

1979 Event - Iran accepts constitution

1979 Event - ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage

1979 Event - ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")

1979 Event - Ayatolla Khomeini takes over in Iran

1979 Event - Iran government of Bazargan resigns

1979 Event - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares U.S. The Great Satan

1979 Event - 63 Americans taken hostage at U.S. Embassy (Teheran, Iran)

1979 Event - Deposed Shah of Iran arrives in New York for medical treatment

1979 Event - Iran army occupies Piranshahr

1979 Event - Iran army conquerors Baneh

1979 Event - Iran army conquerors Mahabad

1979 Event - Iran army opens offensive against Kurds

1979 Event - Iran Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds

1979 Event - Iran press censors start massive book burnings

1979 Event - Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah

1979 Event - Battles between Kurds and Iranians break in Sananday Iran

1979 Death - Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed

1979 Death - Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/military governor of Teheran, executed

1979 Event - Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power

1979 Event - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile

1979 Event - Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran

1979 Event - Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt

1978 Event - Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier

1978 Event - Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government

1978 Event - Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule

1978 Event - Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

1978 Event - 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar Iran

1978 Event - Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran

1978 Event - 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran

1977 Event - President Jimmy Carter welcomes Shah of Iran

1974 Event - Airport terminal roof collapses killing 17 (Teheran Iran)

1974 Event - Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

1974 Event - Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out

1972 Birthday - Tami Stronach, born in Teheran, Iran, actress, Neverending Story

1968 Event - 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran

1967 Event - Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne

1965 Event - Pakistan, Iran and Turkey sign Regional Co-Operation pact

1963 Event - State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

1963 Birthday - Reza Abdoh, born in Tehran, Iran, playwright, theatre director, produced King Lear, Oedipus Rex, confronted audiences with issues of race, class, AIDS

1962 Event - 12,000 die in an earthquake in western Iran

1961 Birthday - Matt Ghaffari, Tehran Iran, U.S. greco-roman wrestler, Silver Medals 1992, 1994, Olympics

1960 Birthday - Reza Pahlavi, Iran, son of Shah of Iran

1960 Event - Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form OPEC

1959 Event - Iran and U.S. sign economic / military treaty

1954 Death - Hussein Fatemi, Iran Foreign minister, executed

1954 Event - 200 pilgrims drown in Farahzad Iran rain storm flood

1951 Event - British begins economic boycott of Iran

1951 Death - Ali Razmara, Shah of Iran (1950-51), assassinated

1951 Death - Shah Ali Razmara, of Iran, assassinated

1941 Event - Shah of Iran abdicates throne to his son Reza Pahlawi

1941 Event - English and Russian troops attack pro-German Iran

1940 Birthday - Bijan, born in Iran, mens apparel designer, Beverly Hills, New York City, London

1935 Event - Persia officially renamed Iran

1934 Event - Shah of Persia declares Persia now Iran

1932 Birthday - David Alliance, Iran/British textile factory/multi-millionaire

1925 Event - Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rexa Shah Pahlavi takes over

1925 Event - Iran adopts Khorshidi solar Hijrah calendar

1925 Event - Walter Mittelholzer is 1st to flies over Demawend mountain, Iran

1921 Event - Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran

1919 Birthday - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Aryamehr, Shah of Iran, 1941-79

1919 Birthday - Doris Lessing, Kermanshah Iran, novelist, Golden Notebook

1906 Event - Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy

1903 Birthday - Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iran, Kurd leader, KDP

1878 Birthday - Reza Sjah Pahlawi, Reza Chan, shah of Iran

1850 Death - Bab, Baha'i prophet, executed in Tabriz Iran

1487 Birthday - Esma'il I, shah who converted Iran from Sunni to Shi'ah

1079 Event - Iran adopts solar Hijrah calendar

1048 Birthday - Omar Khayyam, born in Nayshapur, Iran, poet, mathematician, physicist, astronomer, wrote, Treatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra