Tehran in History

Iran: Isfahan - Tabriz

Historical Events

  • 1908-02-28 Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Tehran
  • 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

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1943-11-28 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin meet at the Tehran Conference in Iran to map out strategy

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1943-12-01 At the end of the Tehran Conference, the Big Three (Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt) agree that the invasion of Normandy should take place in May 1944

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1953-08-22 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi returns to Tehran

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1971-01-12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
  • 1971-02-14 Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • 1973-10-08 OPEC meets with oil companies to discuss revision of 1971 Tehran agreement and oil prices; negotiations fail.
  • 1974-12-05 Airport terminal roof in Tehran collapses killing 17

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1978-09-08 Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Tehran, 100s killed

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1978-11-04 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
  • 1978-12-02 Protesters chant "Allah is great" at an Anti-Shah protest in Tehran, Iran
  • 1979-01-20 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader
  • 1979-05-09 Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is the 1st Jew executed by the Islamic government firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran
  • 1979-05-13 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and family sentenced to death in Tehran

IranIran Hostage Crisis

1979-11-04 500 Iranian students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini seize the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 90 hostages for 444 days

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Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
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  • 1980-01-01 Mob storms Russian embassy in Tehran
  • 1980-11-20 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad
  • 1981-01-20 The US diplomats and citizens held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran are released and begin their journey home after 444 days
  • 1981-06-29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed
  • 1982-10-02 Bomb attack in Tehran, kills 60, injures 700
  • 1986-05-07 Iraq bombs a Tehran oil refiner
  • 1986-08-19 Car bomb kills 20 in Tehran, Iran
  • 1988-03-01 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • 1994-10-12 Iranian Fokker F28 explodes between Isfahan and Tehran, killing 66
  • 1999-07-09 Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran

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2006-12-11 International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • 2011-02-15 "A Separation" written and directed by Asghar Farhad, starring Leila Hatamiand and Payman Maadi premieres at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran (Academy Award Best Foreign Film)
  • 2017-01-19 High-rise building collapses in Tehran, killing 20 firefighters
  • 2017-06-07 Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini killing 12, 1st Islamic State attacks in Iran
  • 2019-01-29 Iranian city Tehran bans dog walking in public and driving with dogs
  • 2019-09-10 Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari dies after setting herself on fire during her trial, for entering a stadium disguised as a man in Tehran
  • 2019-10-10 3,500 women are the first to be allowed to attend a football match in Iran for a World Cup qualifier in Tehran, since the Islamic revolution

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2019-11-17 Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labels protesters "thugs" after unrest over higher gasoline prices brought Tehran to a standstill day before

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • 2020-01-08 Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestMohammad Mosaddegh

1882-06-16 Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran (1951-53) who was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the CIA and the British SIS, born in Tehran, Persia (d. 1967)

Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh
Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Mosaddegh
  • 1886-11-21 Harold Nicolson, English diplomat and author (Good Behaviour), born in Tehran, Persian Empire (d. 1968)
  • 1901-03-30 Haj Ali Razmara, 33rd Prime Minister of Iran (1950-51), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1951)

Person of interestMohammad Reza Pahlavi

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

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1925-12-12 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2000)
  • 1934-12-29 Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian pre-eminent poet and film director, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1967)
  • 1936-02-26 Cyrus Faryar, American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1938-10-14 Farah Pahlavi, Queen consort of Iran (1959-61), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1940-04-04 Bijan, Iranian men's 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 pop, rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Jomeh"), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2002)
  • 1944-03-27 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (Hamoun), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2008)
  • 1949-08-25 Fariborz Lachini, Iranian-Canadian composer, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1950-05-05 Googoosh [Faegheh Atashin (فائقه آتشین)], Persian singer and actress, born in Sarcheshmeh Street, Tehran
  • 1954-06-25 Daryush Shokof, Iranian filmmaker (Hitler's Grave), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 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
  • 1963-02-23 Reza Abdoh, Iranian-born American director and playwright, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 1995)
  • 1970-03-27 Princess Leila Pahlavi of Iran, youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2001)
  • 1972-07-31 Tami Stronach, Iranian actress (Neverending Story), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1972-11-20 Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 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
  • 1977-05-03 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2017)
  • 1979-04-11 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Canadian human rights activist, Miss World Canada, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1982-02-05 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2007)
  • 1987-12-07 Baran Kosari, Iranian actress, born in Tehran, Iran

Famous Deaths

  • 1979-02-15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed