Iranian Revolution


Khomeini arrested

5 June 1963

Khomeini was put under, house arrest, which sparked protests and riots, with a total of 400 deaths.

Khomeini released from house arrest

August 1963

Khomeini exiled

November 1964

Khomeini arrested for a second time and exiled.

Demonstrations against the Shah

October 1977

Unhappy Iranians protest against the shah

Campaign of civil reststance develops

January 1978

Civil resistance is a political action that relies on the use of non-violent methods by civil groups to challenge a particular power, force, policy or regime.


August 1978 - December 1978

Strikes and demonstrations cripple the Iranian government.

Cinema Rex fire

August 19 1978

The Cinema Rex Was set on fire, 400 dead.

Jafar Sharif-Emami becomes prime-minister

27 August 1978

Jafar Sharif-Emami reversed some of the Shah's policies.

Black Friday

September 8 1978

Protesters gathered in Tehran killed. Security forces killed dosens of people under The Shah's martial law.

Azadi Square protests

December 2 1978

Two million protestors fill Azadi Square inTehran.

Shah exiled

January 1979

The Shah left Iran on exile.

Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran

January 17 1979

Millions celebrate as Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile.

Royal reign halted

February 1979

Iran voted to become an Islamic republic

April 1979

Khomeini becomes supreme leader of Iran

December 1979