GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
September 1998: Iranians stand to honor the U.S. national anthem when it is played at the wrestling world championships in Iran.

A U.S. wrestler wins first place in the World Championships held in Iran. When the U.S. national anthem is played, Iranians present at the event stand in respect for the first time in nearly 20 years.

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For the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, a U.S. sports team is competing under the U.S. flag in Tehran. (February 1998)