Iranian and Persian History (Part 3)

Iran: Isfahan - Tabriz - Tehran

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 332

  • 1984-12-09 Iranian commandos end 5-day hijacking of Kuwaiti plane
  • 1985-08-15 First Iraqi air raid on Iran's main oil export terminal, Kharg Island
  • 1985-08-20 Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US
  • 1986-02-11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • 1986-02-25 Iran conquers Iraqi Fao peninsula
  • 1986-07-27 Iraqi jets attack central Iranian city of Arak; Iran threatens missile attack of gulf states supporting Iraq

Historic Event

1986-08-02 Saddam Hussein offers peace in open letter to Iran

  • 1986-08-12 Iran fires missile at refinery near Baghdad; Iraq raids Iranian terminal at Sirri Island severely disrupting Iranian exports
  • 1986-08-19 Car bomb kills 20 in Tehran, Iran
  • 1986-11-03 Lebanese magazine Ash Shirra reveals secret US arms sales to Iran

Historic Event

1986-11-13 US President Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran

Historic Event

1987-06-08 Oliver North's secretary Fawn Hall testifies at Iran-Contra hearing

  • 1987-07-07 Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North begins public testimony at Iran-Contra hearing
  • 1987-07-09 Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence
  • 1987-07-15 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • 1987-07-17 Iran and France break diplomatic relations
  • 1987-07-22 US began escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers in Persian Gulf
  • 1987-07-31 Battle between Iranian pilgrims and Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed
  • 1987-08-11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-09-07 Netherlands sends 2 minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-09-15 Italy sends a naval contingent to the Persian Gulf
  • 1987-09-21 3 Belgian minesweepers depart to Persians Gulf
  • 1987-10-13 1st military use of trained dolphins (US Navy in Persian Gulf)
  • 1987-10-19 US warships destroy 2 Iranian oil platforms in Persian Gulf
  • 1987-11-18 Congressional committee reports on Iran-Contra affair
  • 1988-01-15 Kiran More stumps five WI batsman at Madras, world Test record

Film & TV History

1988-01-25 US Vice President George H. W. Bush and Dan Rather famously clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

  • 1988-01-25 US Vice President George H. W. Bush and Dan Rather famously clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair
  • 1988-03-16 Federal grand jury indicts North & Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
  • 1988-03-17 Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
  • 1988-07-03 US Vincennes in Strait of Hormoez shoots Iran Airbus A300, kills 290
  • 1988-07-04 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
  • 1988-08-08 Ceasefire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • 1988-08-19 Iran and Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • 1988-08-25 Iran & Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war
  • 1988-09-03 Estimated by this date 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers killed by Iraq, many using chemical weapons, in aftermath of Iran-Iraq War

Historic Publication

1989-02-14 Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie and his publishers due to his novel "Satanic Verses". A bounty is also placed on his head.

  • 1989-02-22 US authors demonstrate against Iranian death threats against Salman Rushdee, author of "The Satanic Verses"
  • 1989-03-03 Robert McFarlane gets $20,000 fine, 2 yrs probation for pleading guilty to whitholding information from Congress in Iran-Contra illegal arms-for-hostages affair

Historic Event

1989-03-07 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"

  • 1989-04-14 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury
  • 1989-04-28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  • 1990-04-07 John Poindexter (US National Security Advisor) found guilty of five counts of lying to Congress and obstruction regarding the Iran-Contra scandal
  • 1990-04-30 US hostage Frank Reed freed after 4 years in hands of pro-Iranians
  • 1990-06-21 7.7 Manjil-Rudbar Earthquake with hundreds of aftershocks hits Iran; killing about 50,000
  • 1990-06-27 Salman Rushdie, condemned to death by Iran, contributes $8600 to help their earthquake victims
  • 1990-07-24 US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait
  • 1990-08-23 US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
  • 1990-09-10 Iran agrees to resume diplomatic ties with Iraq
  • 1990-09-15 France announce it will send 4,000 troops to Persian Gulf
  • 1990-10-16 US forces reach 200,000 in Persian Gulf
  • 1990-11-06 Iran's oil-producing region suffers a serious earthquake
  • 1990-11-08 100,000 additional US troops are sent to Persian gulf

Historic Event

1990-11-21 French President François Mitterrand voices support for a proposed UN resolution that would authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf

  • 1990-11-29 UN Security Council approves US-sponsored resolution authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf if Iraq does not withdrawal from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991
  • 1990-12-04 Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon price in NYC
  • 1990-12-05 British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie appears in public for 1st time in 2 years after Iran called for his assassination
  • 1990-12-05 Iraq announces willingness to speak with US about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis
  • 1991-01-10 US Congress begins debate on Persian Gulf crisis
  • 1991-01-21 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon and four TV crew captured and held for 40 days by Iraqis in the Persian Gulf

Historic Event

1991-02-20 A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters

  • 1991-02-21 USSR announces that Iraq has agreed to a proposal to end the Gulf War, but the US calls the plan unacceptable
  • 1991-02-26 Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future
  • 1991-03-06 Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, US President George H. W. Bush told Congress that "aggression is defeated. The war is over"
  • 1991-03-08 Planeloads of US troops arrive home from the Persian Gulf, Iraq hands over 40 foreign journalists & 2 American soldiers it captured
  • 1991-03-13 Saudi Arabia and Iran say OPEC oil production cuts will take effect April 1
  • 1991-04-01 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • 1991-06-08 Victory parade following success in the Gulf War is held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1992-01-12 13th ACE Cable Awards: CNN wins the Golden CableACE for the coverage of the Persian Gulf War
  • 1992-06-16 Caspar Weinberger, former US Secretary of Defense (1981-87), indicted on Iran-contra charge
  • 1992-12-24 US President George H. W. Bush pardons Caspar Weinberger for Iran-contra affair
  • 1993-06-13 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani re-elected President of Iran
  • 1993-11-17 Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed
  • 1994-03-17 Iran transport aircraft crashes in Azerbaijan (32 killed)
  • 1994-04-18 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
  • 1994-06-20 Bomb attack on Islamic temple in Mashad Iran (70 killed)
  • 1994-10-12 Iranian Fokker F28 explodes between Isfahan and Tehran, killing 66
  • 1995-01-05 Lockheed C-140 Jetstar crashes at Isfahan, Iran, killing 18
  • 1995-02-28 The US Pentagon announces that it monitored Iranian installation of surface-to-air Hawk missiles in the Strait of Hormuz
  • 1995-08-14 Iran's official news agency, IRNA, reports that Iran has been unable to sell 200 million barrels per day of crude oil since the imposition of a unilateral oil embargo by the US
  • 1996-01-30 Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet Scott Redd states that Iran test-fired a new anti-ship missile near the Strait of Hormuz

Historic Event

1996-08-06 US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya

  • 1996-12-18 During a press conference, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Maleki states that Iran supports the free flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, but reserves the option of closing off the shipping route if it is threatened
  • 1997-03-14 Iranian military plane crashes, killing 80
  • 1997-07-23 The US State Department rules that Turkey's agreement to purchase $23 billion worth of natural gas from Iran does not violate the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act
  • 1998-03-15 An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran
  • 1999-07-09 Days of student protests begin after Iranian police and hardliners attack a student dormitory at the University of Tehran
  • 2000-08-23 A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • 2001-06-30 ENI of Italy signs a $550 million contract to develop Iran's Darquain field, expected to produce 160,000 barrels of petroleum per day
  • 2001-07-24 An Iranian warship in the Caspian Sea threatens a BP oil exploration ship off the coast of Azerbaijan

Historic Event

2001-08-03 US President George W. Bush signs into law the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) Extension Act of 2001

  • 2002-01-29 US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address describes "regimes that sponsor terror" an "Axis of Evil", which includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea
  • 2002-02-12 An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119
  • 2002-06-22 An earthquake in western Iran measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale kills more than 261 people.

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