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22 May -334
Alexander the Great Invades Asia Minor, Defeats Persian Forces at Battle of Granicus

Alexander the Great Invades Asia Minor, Defeats Persian Forces at Battle of Granicus

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0 July -330
King of Persia Darius III is Assassinated by Bessus

King of Persia Darius III is Assassinated by Bessus

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6 March -12
Roman Emperor Augustus Made Pontifex Maximus

Roman Emperor Augustus Made Pontifex Maximus

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24 March 809
Death of Caliph Harum al-Rashid at Age 44

Death of Caliph Harum al-Rashid at Age 44

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18 May 1048
Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam

Birth of Persian Poet Omar Khayyam

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16 March 1079

Solar Hijrah Calendar Adopted by Iran

4 December 1123
Death of Omar Khayyam, Persian Poet and Philosopher

Death of Omar Khayyam, Persian Poet and Philosopher

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0 January 1256

Assassins of Persia Wiped Out

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24 March 1455
Death of Renaissance and Humanist Pope Nicholas V

Death of Renaissance and Humanist Pope Nicholas V

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12 November 1817

Birth of Baha'u'llah, Founder of Baha'i Faith

20 October 1819

Birth of Mirza Ali Mohammad, The Bab, Claimed Descendant of Muhammad Family

22 May 1844

Siyyd'Ali Muhammad Shirazi Claims He Is the Mahdi, Takes Name 'Bab'

9 July 1850
The Bab Martyred When he's Shot by Firing Squad for Apostasy

The Bab Martyred When he's Shot by Firing Squad for Apostasy

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22 September 1902
Birth of Sayyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, Leader of the Iranian Revolution

Birth of Sayyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, Leader of the Iranian Revolution

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22 July 1933
Concordat Text is Released to Public

Concordat Text is Released to Public

16 September 1941
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Becomes Shah of Persia

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Becomes Shah of Persia

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4 February 1949
Shah Mohammed Rize Pahlevi of Iran Survives Assassination Attempt

Shah Mohammed Rize Pahlevi of Iran Survives Assassination Attempt

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26 July 1960

Egypt Expels Iranian Ambassador Over Israel

26 January 1965

Iran's Premier Assassinated by Muslim Extremist

26 October 1967
 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Crowns Himself the Shah of Iran

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Crowns Himself the Shah of Iran

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28 November 1978
Iranian Government Bans Religious Marches While Trying to Stop a Religious Revolution

Iranian Government Bans Religious Marches While Trying to Stop a Religious Revolution

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1 February 1979
After 15 Year Exile Ayatollah Khomeini Returns to Iran

After 15 Year Exile Ayatollah Khomeini Returns to Iran

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11 February 1979
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Seizes Power in Iran

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Seizes Power in Iran

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1 April 1979
Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

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9 May 1979
Iranian Firing Squad Executes Jewish Businessman Habib Elghanian

Iranian Firing Squad Executes Jewish Businessman Habib Elghanian

4 November 1979
U.S. Embassy in Tehran is Taken Over by Iranian Militants

U.S. Embassy in Tehran is Taken Over by Iranian Militants

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25 January 1980
Abulhassan Banisadr Elected President of Iran

Abulhassan Banisadr Elected President of Iran

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12 September 1980
Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Conditions for Release of 52 American Hostages in Iran

Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Conditions for Release of 52 American Hostages in Iran

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22 September 1980

Iraq-Iran War Begins Over Disputed Territory

22 June 1981
Iran's President Abolhassan Banisadr Forcibly Removed From Office, Flees to France

Iran's President Abolhassan Banisadr Forcibly Removed From Office, Flees to France

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11 February 1984

Iran Escalates War Against Iraq With Major Offensive

31 July 1987

Saudi Arabian Police Clash With Iranian Pilgrims in Mecca

0 January 1988
Ayatollah Khomeini Writes Leader is Above Islamic Law When Defending the State

Ayatollah Khomeini Writes Leader is Above Islamic Law When Defending the State

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20 July 1988
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini Agrees to Ceasefire With Iraq's Saddam Hussein

Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini Agrees to Ceasefire With Iraq's Saddam Hussein

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20 August 1988
Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

Iran-Iraq War Ends After Eight Years

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14 February 1989
Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Fatwa and Bounty on Salman Rushdie

Ayatollah Khomeini Issues Fatwa and Bounty on Salman Rushdie

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7 March 1989
Salman Rushdie Controversy Causes Iran to Break Diplomatic Relations with Britain

Salman Rushdie Controversy Causes Iran to Break Diplomatic Relations with Britain

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2 June 1989
Death of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ruhollah Musavi Komeini

Death of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ruhollah Musavi Komeini

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2 August 1989
Hashemi Rafsanjani Sworn in for First Term as Iran's President

Hashemi Rafsanjani Sworn in for First Term as Iran's President

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12 February 1997
Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

13 February 1997
Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

Iranian Government Reaffirms Intention to Kill Salman Rushdie

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21 September 1998
Iranian President Khatami Tells Reporters Rushdie Affair is Completely Finished

Iranian President Khatami Tells Reporters Rushdie Affair is Completely Finished

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24 September 1998
Iran Promises Britain to not Help or Hinder Execution of Rushdie

Iran Promises Britain to not Help or Hinder Execution of Rushdie

28 September 1998
Senior Iranian Clerics: Fatawa Calling for Death of Salman Rushdie is Immutable

Senior Iranian Clerics: Fatawa Calling for Death of Salman Rushdie is Immutable

15 February 2003
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Renews Death Sentence Against Salman Rushdie

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Renews Death Sentence Against Salman Rushdie

1 February 2004
Iranian MP's Resign to Protest Bans on Reform Candidates in Elections

Iranian MP's Resign to Protest Bans on Reform Candidates in Elections

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19 February 2004
Iran's Judiciary Closes Reform Newspapers

Iran's Judiciary Closes Reform Newspapers

3 August 2005
Mahmoud Admadinejad Elected President of Iran

Mahmoud Admadinejad Elected President of Iran

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7 February 2006
Iranian Paper Announces Contest for Holocaust Cartoons as Response to Muhammad Cartoons

Iranian Paper Announces Contest for Holocaust Cartoons as Response to Muhammad Cartoons

7 February 2006
Muslim Protesters in Iran Attack Danish Embassy Over Jyllands-Posten Muhammad Cartoons

Muslim Protesters in Iran Attack Danish Embassy Over Jyllands-Posten Muhammad Cartoons

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