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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Profession: Last Shah of Iran

Nationality:
Iran
Iranian

Why Famous: Ruler (Shah) of Iran from September 16, 1941 until his overthrow by Ayatollah Khomeini during the Iranian Revolution on February 11, 1979.

Often called "the last Shah of Iran" as well as "the Shah of Iran" or simply "the Shah".

Born: October 25, 1919
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: July 27, 1980 (aged 60)
Cause of Death: Complications of Waldenström's macroglobulinemia

Married Life

  • 1939-03-16 Princess Fawzia of Egypt (17) marries the Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (19)
  • 1951-02-10 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (31) marries actress Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary (19)
  • 1959-12-21 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi marries Farah Pahlavi Diba

Historical Events

  • 1934-12-27 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi declares Persia now Iran
  • 1941-08-27 Shah of Iran Rezā Shāh Pahlavi abdicates throne in favour of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1949-02-04 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1952-07-17 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi names Ghavam Sultaneh premier
  • 1953-08-16 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi & princess Soraya flee to Baghdad & Rome
  • 1953-08-22 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi returns to Tehran
  • 1959-05-20 Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi visits Netherlands
  • 1967-10-26 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself after 26 years on the Peacock Throne
  • 1973-01-23 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 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 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Consortium members agree to nationalize all assets immediately in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil
  • 1977-11-15 US President Jimmy Carter welcomes Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1978-11-05 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1978-11-06 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi places the country under military rule; General Gholām Reza Azhāri forms government
  • 1978-12-29 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
  • 1979-01-16 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution
  • 1979-05-13 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and family sentenced to death in Tehran
  • 1979-10-22 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in NYC for medical treatment
  • 1979-12-15 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi leaves US for Panama
  • 1980-03-23 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in Egypt

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