GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
March 1951: Mossadeq nationalizes the oil industry.

To prevent foreign interests from controlling the Iranian economy, Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq nationalizes the oil industry. This move meets with tremendous resistance, especially from the British, who own substantial oil interests. Mossadeq becomes a national hero to many Iranians and gains international prestige -- Time magazine names him Man of the Year for 1951.

WWW 1951 Man of the Year: Mohammed Mossadegh

The Time Man of the Year article on Iranian prime minister Mohammed Mossadeq.

PBS Terror in Tehran: Chronology of U.S.-Iran Relations /shows/tehran/etc/cron.html

From Iran's efforts early in the 20th century to forge its independence to President George W. Bush's "axis of evil" speech and its aftermath