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January 16, 1979: Iranian Revolution: The Shah is overthrown.

During the late 1970s, dissent and demonstrations protesting the dictatorship of the Shah increase in Iran. The writings of the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, Shii Muslim Supreme Leader, begin to circulate widely. Throughout the final months of the 1978, demonstrators seize government buildings, shut down businesses with massive strikes, and assassinate government officials. On January 16, 1979, the Shah flees Iran; Khomeini returns on February 1. Less than a month later, on February 12, the prime minister flees as well.

PBS Timeline of Iran

Slideshow-style timeline of Iran from 3000 B.C.E. to 2001

PBS Winds of Change /jan-june00/iran_2-17.html

An election story about tomorrow's parliamentary elections in Iran (February 2000)

PBS God Fights Back: 1978-1992 /teachers/tggod.html

In the 1970s, alienated Iranians flock to the promises of Islamic fundamentalism and Egyptians and Algerians soon follow. In the 1980s, alienated Americans flock to the promises of Christian fundamentalism.

PBS Islamic Revolution: Iranians in the U.S. /Iranians_in_US.html

The 1979 Islamic Revolution resulted in one of the largest migrations in Iran's history.