As political tensions risen up in Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah, and his family are forced into an exile.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after serving 14 years of exile in Iraq and France. He was exiled for opposing the regime.
52 American hostages are held in the US embassy in Iran by the Islamic Militants. They demanded the US to deport the Shah to face his trial in Iran.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi dies of cancer in Egypt.
The Iraqis go to war against the Iranians by invading. The war goes on for the next 8 years.
The USS Vincennes shoot down an Iran Air Airbus consisting of 290 passengers traveling from Tehran to Dubai, mistakenly.
On 4 June, President Khamenei is appointed as new supreme leader
A major earthquake strikes Iran, killing approximately 40,000 people.
The US establishes oil and trade sanctions over Iran's alleged sponsorship of 'terrorism' seeking to acquire nuclear arms and bitterness to Iran. Iran denies the charges.
Mohammad Khatami wins the presidential election with 70% of the vote. He was on basis of reformations and liberalization.
Iran deploys thousands of troops on its border with the neighboring country, Afghanistan, shortly after Taliban take responsibility for killing eight Iranian diplomats.
George Bush labels Iran and an axis of evil and accuse Iran of developing long-range missiles. The speech causes chaos amongst people of Iran.