GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
February 1, 1979: Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran from exile.

After the Shah is driven from Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini returns from exile to a welcoming crowd of several million. The Islamic Revolutionary Council is formed, and the country is declared the Islamic Republic of Iran on April 1. Khomeini and his supporters blame the Shah and Western influences for oppressing Iran and corrupting Iranian Islamic traditions.

WWW 1979 Man of the Year: Ayatollah Khomeini

The Time Man of the Year article on Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's revolution

PBS Islamic Revolution

Vis Vis explores why the '79 Revolution took place and what has happened since then.