The Iranian Revolution Of 1979 : The Picture Show The recent unrest in Iran harkens back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Beginning in 1978, large-scale anti-government demonstrations challenged Iran's ruling m

The Iranian Revolution Of 1979

The recent unrest in Iran harkens back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Beginning in 1978, large-scale anti-government demonstrations challenged Iran's ruling monarchy under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, resulting in the removal of the shah and the creation of an Islamic state headed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In January 1979, violent protests and fighting forced the shah to flee abroad, leaving his appointed Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar in charge of the government. Khomeini, who had been exiled by the shah, returned to Iran in February. On April 1, 1979, he established the Islamic republic.

Here's a look back at some of the 1979 events:

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