Ayatollah Khomeini

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini

Full Name: Ruhollah Khomeini
Profession: Supreme Leader of Iran


Biography: Iranian religious leader, revolutionary, politician and leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the then Shah of Iran.

Born: September 24, 1902
Birthplace: Khomeyn, Persia

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Libra

Died: June 3, 1989 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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Historical Events

  • 1963-06-05 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested
  • 1974-04-01 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
  • 1978-09-08 Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Tehran, 100s killed
  • 1978-09-09 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an uprising in the Iranian army
  • 1978-10-06 Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person
  • 1978-11-05 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran
  • 1979-01-20 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader
  • 1979-02-01 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • 1979-02-11 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
  • 1979-08-18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds
  • 1979-10-18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop
  • 1979-11-04 500 Iranian students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini seize the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 90 hostages for 444 days
  • 1979-11-05 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as "The Great Satan" amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption
  • 1979-11-06 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • 1979-11-17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
  • 1979-11-18 Ayatollah Khomeini charges US ambassador and embassy with espionage
  • 1982-04-24 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany
  • 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.
  • 2017-06-07 Suicide bombers attack Iranian parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini killing 12, 1st Islamic State attacks in Iran

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