Iranian and Persian History

Iran: Isfahan - Tabriz - Tehran

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 333

  • 0539-10-29 BC King Cyrus "the Great" of Persia marches into Babylon, freeing Jewish captives and allowing them to return home
  • 0539-10-12 BC The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon
  • 0522-09-29 BC Darius I of Persia kills Magian usurper Gaumâta, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire
  • 0480-08-11 BC Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Artemisium - Persian naval victory over the Greeks in an engagement fought off north coast of Euboea.
  • 0479-08-27 BC Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Plataea, Persian forces led by Mardonius routed by Greek army under Pausanias; together with Greek success at Battle of Mycale halts Persian invasion of Greece
  • 0479-08-27 BC Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Mycale won by Greek forces over Persian naval troops on Ionian coast, double victory with that at Plataea ends Persian invasion

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

0331-10-01 BC Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great
  • 0590-02-15 Khosrau II, the last great Sasanian king is crowned King of Persia
  • 0590-03-09 Bahram Chobin is crowned as King Barham VI of Persia.
  • 0626-08-07 Battle at Constantinople: Slavic/Persians/Avarenvloot defeated
  • 0632-06-16 Origin of Persian [Yezdegird] Era
  • 0644-11-03 Umar ibn al-Khattab, second Muslim caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina
  • 1046-03-05 Persian scholar Naser Khosrow begins the 7 year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama
  • 1079-03-16 Iran adopts solar Hijrah calendar
  • 1256-12-15 Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut, in present-day Iran, part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia
  • 1502-03-11 Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty, crowned Shah of Persia (rules till 1524)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1507-10-27 Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque captures the Persian fortress of Ormuz on Hormuz Island

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • 1515-04-01 Portuguese fleet under Afonso de Albuquerque captures the Persian fortress of Ormuz, renaming it the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception
  • 1722-03-08 Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud occupies Persia
  • 1722-09-12 Russian troops occupy Baku & Derbent in Persia

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1728-02-28 George Frideric Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia" premieres in London

  • 1732-01-21 Russia & Persia sign Treaty of Riascha
  • 1739-02-24 Battle of Karnal: Army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah
  • 1828-02-22 Russia & Persia sign Peace of Turkmantsjai
  • 1847-04-14 Persia & Ottoman Turkey sign 2nd Treaty of Erzurum
  • 1856-12-09 The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.
  • 1906-10-06 The Majlis of Iran convened for the first time.
  • 1906-12-30 Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • 1907-08-31 Britain & Russia sign treaty with Afghanistan, Persia & Tibet
  • 1907-12-15 In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de'etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after
  • 1908-05-26 At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, rights acquired by the United Kingdom
  • 1908-06-23 Shah Mohammed Ali leads a successful counter-revolution in Persia, aided by the Russian legation and a Cossack brigade
  • 1909-03-26 In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz
  • 1909-04-14 Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
  • 1910-01-21 British-Russian military intervention in Persia
  • 1911-05-12 American economic expert W Morgan Schuster arrives by invitation to assume almost dictatorial power over Persia's finances; a move resented by Russia
  • 1911-07-17 Overthrown shah of Persia Mohammed Ali lands on Astrabad with army
  • 1911-11-11 Russia issues an ultimatum to Persia and follows it with an invasion of North Persia to impose political control
  • 1915-12-12 Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia
  • 1915-12-20 Russian troops overrun Qom, Persia
  • 1916-02-26 Russian troops conquer Kermansjah Persia
  • 1916-08-10 Turks annex Persian city Hamadan from Russia
  • 1921-02-20 Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
  • 1921-02-26 The USSR signs treaties respecting the integrity of Persia and of Afghanistan
  • 1924-07-20 Tehran, Persia comes under martial law after the American vice consul, Robert Imbrie, is killed by a religious mob enraged by rumors he had poisoned a fountain and killed several people
  • 1925-03-10 Walter Mittelholzer is 1st to flies over Demawend mountain, Iran
  • 1925-03-21 Iran adopts Khorshidi solar Hijri calendar
  • 1925-10-31 Cossack officer Reza Chan replaces sultan Ahmad as Shah of Persia
  • 1925-12-12 Last Qajar Shah of Iran deposed; Rezā Shāh Pahlavi takes over
  • 1926-04-22 Persia, Turkey & Afghanistan sign treaties of security
  • 1926-04-25 Persian cossack officer Reza Chan crowns himself Shah Palawi

  • 1926-08-20 Uprising against Rezā Shāh Pahlavi in Iran
  • 1929-04-03 Persia agrees to Litvinov Pact
  • 1929-08-11 Persia & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • 1929-08-24 Turkey & Persia sign friendship treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934-12-27 Shah of Persia Mohammed Reza Pahlavi declares Persia now Iran

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1951-04-28 Mohammad Mosaddegh elected Prime Minister of Iran by the Parliament of Iran (Majlis)

Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh
Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Mosaddegh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963-06-05 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1964-04-10 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
  • 1965-01-21 Iranian premier Hassan Ali Mansur assassinated by 17-year-old Mohammad Bokharaei, a member of the Fadayan-e Islam
  • 1965-07-03 USSR and Persia sign dam building and economic aid pact
  • 1965-07-21 Pakistan, Iran and Turkey sign Regional Co-Operation pact
  • 1967-05-22 Egyptian president Nassar closes Straits of Tiran to Israel
  • 1967-10-26 Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne
  • 1968-08-31 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
  • 1968-09-01 Earthquake destroys Ferdows Persia, 2,000 killed
  • 1971-01-12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
  • 1971-10-15 The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia
  • 1972-04-10 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • 1973-01-23 Shah of Iran announces that the 1954 operating agreement between a consortium of oil companies and Iran will not be renewed when it expires in 1979
  • 1973-03-16 Shah of Iran and Consortium members agree to nationalize all assets immediately in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 103

  • 0810-07-19 Imam Bukhari, Islamic scholar and compiler of Hadith, born in Bukhara, Khorasan (modern day Iran) (d. 870)
  • 0865-08-28 Rhazes [Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakariyyāʾ al-Rāzī], Persian physician, born in Ray, Persia (d. 925)
  • 0903-12-07 Abd Al-Rahman Al Sufi, Persian astronomer (d. 986)
  • 0967-12-07 Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic
  • 1006-05-04 Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, The Persian Sufi, born in Herat, Khorasan (now Afghanistan) (d. 1088)
  • 1048-05-18 Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)
  • 1207-09-30 Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian mystic and poet, born in Khorassan, Afghanistan (d. 1273)
  • 1213-06-10 Fakhruddin 'Iraqi, Persian philosopher
  • 1377-08-20 Shahrukh Mirza, Ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (1405-47), born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (d. 1447)
  • 1414-11-07 Jami [Mowlanā Nūr Od-dīn ʿabd Or-raḥmān Ebn Aḥmad], Persian poet (Lava’iḥ), born in Minaret of Jam, Afghanistan (d. 1492)
  • 1487-07-17 Ismail I, Shah of Persia, converted Iran from Sunni to Shi'ah, born in Ardabīl, Iran (d. 1524)
  • 1514-02-22 Tahmasp I, shah of Persia (1524-76)/author (Tazkire-i Shah)
  • 1547-09-16 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch East Indies poet, born in Agra, Mughal India (d. 1595)
  • 1556-01-27 Abbas I, "the Great," shah of Persia (1587-1629)
  • 1688-10-22 Nadir Shah of Persia (d. 1747)
  • 1723-03-23 Agha Mohammad Khan Ghajar, King of Iran (d. 1771)
  • 1789-08-26 Abbas Mirza, Prince of Persia (d. 1833)
  • 1819-10-20 The Báb, Persian founder of the Bábí Faith (d. 1850)
  • 1826-07-24 Francisco Solano Lopez, President of Paraguay (1862-70), born in Asunción, Paraguay (d. 1870)
  • 1834-11-13 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), born in Tixtla, Guerrero, Mexico (d. 1893)
  • 1878-03-15 Rezā Shāh Pahlavi [Rezā Khan], Shah of Iran (1925-41)
  • 1882-05-19 Mohammed Mosaddeq, Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)

Person of interestAyatollah Khomeini

1902-09-24 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), religious figure and political leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, born in Khomeyn, Persia (d. 1989)

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1903-02-05 Ivan Galamian, Tabriz Persia, violinist
  • 1903-02-19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • 1903-03-14 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iran, Kurd leader (KDP)
  • 1904-02-02 Buzurg Alavi, Persian author (Panjah va sih nafar, Namal'ha)
  • 1907-04-20 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55), born in Rawalpindi, British India (d. 1991)

Person of interestWilliam J. Casey

1913-03-13 William J. Casey, American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • 1919-10-22 Doris Lessing, Iranian novelist (Adore, Memoirs of a Survivor, Golden Notebook), born in Kermanshah, Iran (d. 2013)

Person of interestMohammad Reza Pahlavi

1919-10-25 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran (Persia) (1941-79), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1980)

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1921-11-05 Fawzia of Egypt, Queen of Iran
  • 1923-08-18 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicketkeeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • 1924-02-17 Gevork Vartanian, Iran, Soviet intelligence agent (Operation Long Jump), (d. 2012)
  • 1925-12-12 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (d. 2000)

Person of interestFidel Castro

1926-08-13 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province (d. 2016)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1927-01-12 Salvatore Martirano, composer
  • 1928-10-07 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1930-08-04 Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iranian shia cleric, born in Mashhad, Iran
  • 1930-10-15 Fereydun M. Esfandiary, Iranian philosopher (d. 2000)
  • 1930-12-25 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and coach and father of Andre Agassi, born in Salmas, Iran

Person of interestRaúl Castro

1931-06-03 Raúl Castro, 18th President of Cuba (2008-) and former revolutionary, born in Biran, Holguin, Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 1931-09-25 Manouchehr Atashi, Persian poet, born in Dashtestan, Iran (d. 2005)
  • 1931-12-12 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian writer and journalist, born in Sirjan, Kerman (d. 1994)
  • 1932-03-15 David Alliance, Iran/British textile factory/multi-millionaire
  • 1933-03-22 Abolhassan Banisadr, former President of Iran
  • 1933-11-23 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist and revolutionary
  • 1938-10-14 Empress Farah Diba of Iran
  • 1938-12-26 Bahram Beizai, Iranian playwright and film director
  • 1939-02-02 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist, father of electronics in Iran (d. 2000)

Person of interestAli Hosseini Khamenei

1939-07-17 Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran (1989- ) and Muslim cleric, born in Mashhad, Khorasan, Iran

Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • 1940-04-04 Bijan, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2011)
  • 1940-06-22 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), born in Tehran (d. 2016)
  • 1943-01-20 Farhad Mehrad, Iranian musician
  • 1943-09-29 Mohammad Khatami, former President of Iran
  • 1944-03-27 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (Hamoun), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2008)
  • 1946-10-07 Pengiran Anak Saleha, Queen of Brunei

Person of interestShirin Ebadi

1947-06-21 Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and 1st Iranian Muslim woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize (2003), born in Hamadan, Iran

Lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi
Lawyer and human rights activist
Shirin Ebadi
  • 1948-11-12 Hassan Rouhani, Iranian politician (President of Iran 2013-), born in Sorkheh, Semnan
  • 1949-08-25 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1950-05-05 Googoosh, Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین), Iranian, Persian Singer & actress
  • 1950-07-28 Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian poet
  • 1950-08-16 Marshall Manesh, Iranian-born American actor
  • 1951-02-04 Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician
  • 1952-05-11 Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress
  • 1954-06-25 Daryush Shokof, Iranian filmmaker (Hitler's Grave), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1955-04-25 Parviz Parastui, Iranian actor
  • 1955-08-22 Chiranjeevi [Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad], Telugu film actor, dancer and producer, born in Mogalthur, India

Person of interestMahmoud Ahmadinejad

1956-10-28 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran (2005-13), born in Aradan, Iran

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • 1960-01-07 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • 1960-10-31 Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1961-11-11 Matt Ghaffari, Iranian-American greco-roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1963-05-28 Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
  • 1967-06-21 Pierre Omidyar, Iranian-American billionaire
  • 1968-11-23 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer
  • 1969-03-21 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • 1969-11-22 Marjane Satrapi, Iranian graphic novelist
  • 1970-01-03 Mahaya Petrosian, Iranian actress
  • 1970-03-27 Princess Leila Pahlavi of Iran, youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2001)
  • 1970-07-31 Ahmad Akbarpour, Iranian writer (The Train of That Night), born in Chah Varz, Lamerd, Iran
  • 1971-03-26 Behzad Ghorbani, Iranian zoologist and sociobiologist
  • 1971-10-26 Ronnie Irani, cricketer (Essex all-rounder, England 1996)
  • 1972-01-13 Atoosa Rubenstein, Iranian-born American magazine editor
  • 1972-07-31 Tami Stronach, Iranian actress (Neverending Story), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1972-11-20 Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet
  • 1974-09-08 Tanaz Eshaghian, Iranian-born American documentarian
  • 1975-07-06 Amir-Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian journalist and activist (Annie Taylor Award), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1975-12-25 Pardis Sabeti, Iranian-American biologist and geneticist, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1976-06-10 Hadi Saei Bonehkohal, Persian taekwondoka
  • 1976-10-29 Mohsen Emadi, Iranian Poet
  • 1977-04-08 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
  • 1977-07-24 Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iranian football player
  • 1978-05-12 Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
  • 1978-11-08 Ali Karimi, Iranian footballer
  • 1979-04-28 Bahram Radan, Iranian actor
  • 1980-09-07 Javad Nekounam, Iranian footballer, born in Rey, Iran
  • 1981-09-02 Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director and producer
  • 1982-02-05 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player (d. 2007)
  • 1983-03-06 Andranik Teymourian, Iranian soccer player
  • 1984-04-30 Shawn Daivari, Persian-American professional wrestler and manager

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1939-03-16 Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Famous Deaths

  • 0628-04-03 Chosroes II, emperor of Persia (579..628), murdered by his son
  • 0630-04-27 King Ardashir III of Persia
  • 0630-06-09 King Shahrbaraz of Persia
  • 0838-01-04 Babak, Persian social/religious reformer, martyred
  • 0922-03-27 Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur, Persian mystic, beheaded at 64
  • 0925-10-27 Rhazes [Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakariyyāʾ al-Rāzī], Persian, dies at 60
  • 1049-01-12 Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic, dies at 81
  • 1063-09-04 Toghrül, Turkish conqueror of Persia and Baghdad
  • 1072-12-15 Alp Arslan, Turkish sultan in Persia (b. 1029)
  • 1123-12-04 Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)
  • 1209-03-12 Djamal al-din Abu Mohammed Iljas Nizami, Persian poet, dies
  • 1273-12-17 Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Persian poet, scholar and mystic dies aged 65 or 66
  • 1291-03-05 Sa'ad al'Da'ulah, Jewish grand vizier of Persia, assassinated
  • 1291-03-10 Arghun, 4th Mongul ruler of Ilkhanate dynasty
  • 1292-12-09 Sa'di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), dies
  • 1429-06-22 Ghiyath al-Kashi, Persian astronomer and mathematician (b. 1380)
  • 1447-03-12 Shahrukh Mirza, Ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (1405-47), dies at 69
  • 1492-11-09 Jami [Mowlanā Nūr Od-dīn ʿabd Or-raḥmān Ebn Aḥmad], Persian poet (Lava'ih), dies at 78
  • 1524-05-23 Ismail I, Shah of Persia, converted Iran from Sunni to Shi'ah, dies at 36
  • 1595-10-15 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch East iIndies poet, dies at 48
  • 1629-01-19 Abbas I, Shah of Persia (1588-1629), dies at 57
  • 1747-06-19 Nadir, shah of Persia (1736-47), murdered
  • 1797-06-17 Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed
  • 1833-10-25 Abbas Mirza, Persian governor/heir to the throne, dies at 44
  • 1850-07-09 Sajjid Ali Mohammed Bab, Persian founder of Babism
  • 1892-05-29 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74
  • 1893-02-13 Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Mexican author (El Zarco), dies at 58
  • 1896-05-01 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • 1921-11-28 `Abdu'l-Bahá, Persian leader of the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1844)
  • 1926-11-22 Darvish Khan, Iranian musician (b. 1872)
  • 1944-07-26 Rezā Shāh Pahlavi [Rezā Khan], Shah of Iran (1925-41), dies at 66 of a heart ailment
  • 1951-03-07 Haj Ali Razmara, 33rd Prime Minister of Iran (1950-51), assassinated at 49
  • 1951-04-09 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Hadji Aga), dies at 48
  • 1954-11-10 Hussein Fatemi, Iran Foreign minister, executed
  • 1965-01-26 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered

Person of interestMohammad Mosaddegh

1967-03-05 Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran (1951-53) who was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the CIA and the British SIS, dies at 84

Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh
Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Mosaddegh
  • 1977-06-19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • 1979-02-15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • 1979-02-16 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • 1979-03-01 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
  • 1979-12-07 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • 1980-04-21 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)

Person of interestMohammad Reza Pahlavi

1980-07-27 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran (Persia) (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1981-06-28 Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed
  • 1981-06-29 Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered
  • 1981-08-30 Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48
  • 1981-09-05 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • 1982-02-25 J K Irani, cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • 1982-09-15 Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's former foreign minister, executed in Iran
  • 1987-09-28 Mehdi Hashemi, Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, shot for treason

Person of interestAyatollah Khomeini

1989-06-03 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1989-07-13 Abdul Rahman Qassemlu, Iran Kurds leader, murdered
  • 1990-01-20 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • 1990-03-15 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • 1991-02-08 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (2 Tests for Pakistan 1954-55), dies at 47
  • 1991-08-06 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • 1991-08-07 Shapur Bahktiar, PM of Iran (1979), assassinated
  • 1992-01-22 Ali Amini, PM of Iran (1961-62), dies
  • 1993-03-16 Mohammed Hussein Nagdi, Iran diplomat/resistance fighter, murdered
  • 1993-12-09 Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 1994-04-13 Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • 1994-11-20 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian poet and journalist, dies at 64
  • 1994-11-29 Muhammad Ali Araki, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 1995-01-05 Mansour Sattari, Iranian Brigadier General and commandant (Iran Air Force), dies at 46
  • 1995-01-20 Mehdi Bazargan, director Iranian oil corp/premier (1979), dies at 86
  • 1995-03-17 Ahmad Khomeini, youngest son of Iran ayatollah Khomeini, dies at 48
  • 1998-08-08 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • 2000-07-24 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (b. 1925)
  • 2000-08-26 Akbar Adibi, Iranian scientist (b. 1939)
  • 2001-06-10 Princess Leila Pahlavi of Iran, youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, dies at 31
  • 2002-07-04 Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • 2003-09-06 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian mountain climber (b. 1969)
  • 2005-06-24 Hakham Yedidia Shofet, Former chief rabbi of Iran (b. 1908)
  • 2005-10-24 Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Iranian painter (b. 1928)
  • 2005-11-20 Manouchehr Atashi, Persian poet, dies at 74
  • 2006-06-15 Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist and a world expert on Achaemenid archeology, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2006-12-28 Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)
  • 2007-06-16 Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, Iranian cleric (b. 1931)
  • 2007-06-25 Mahasti, Persian singer (b. 1946)
  • 2007-08-06 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • 2007-08-16 Bahaedin Adab, Iranian MP (b. 1945)
  • 2007-12-24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • 2007-12-28 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • 2008-01-09 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • 2008-02-09 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008-02-15 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • 2008-07-18 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (Hamoun), dies at 64
  • 2009-12-19 Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)
  • 2011-03-04 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • 2013-11-17 Doris Lessing, Iranian novelist and Nobel laureate (Adore, Memoirs of a Survivor, Golden Notebook), dies at 94
  • 2016-07-04 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), dies at 76