Photo taken 01 February 1979 at Tehran airport of the Air France Boeing 747 jumbo that flew revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini back from exile in France to Tehran. Iran is set to buy the plane, a government newspaper said 29 January 2006. Although Iran's US-backed shah had already fled the country when Khomeini returned from exile in the small French town of Neauphle-le-Chateau, the 747's landing is seen as the true start of the Islamic revolution.
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In a file picture taken in January 1979, Iranian protestors hold a up a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a demonstration in Tehran against the Shah. Iran will begin 10 days of celebrations on February 1, 2009, marking the 30th anniversary of the return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the revolution which toppled the US-backed shah.
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This 06 January 1998 file photo shows then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami (L) with Iranian-born CNN correspondent Christianne Amanpour (R) prior to their interview in Tehran. The interview was the first of its kind by an Iranian leader since ties were broken between the US and Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution. The US-based news channel CNN has been banned from working in Iran for having mistakenly quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying his country is seeking nuclear weapons, a government official told AFP 16 January 2006. During CNN's simultaneous translation of a press conference by Ahmadinejad 14 January 2006, the president was quoted as saying that 'we believe all nations are allowed to have nuclear weapons' and that the West should not 'deprive us to have nuclear weapons'.
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Over ten-thousand Iranians joined in carrying 72 coffins, 07 July 1988 in Tehran, during the funeral service for those who died when an Iran Air passenger jet was shot down over the Gulf by Us navy. An Iranian commercial Airbus A300, operated by Iran Air from Bandar Abbas, Iran to Dubai, UAE, was shot down by mistake over the Southern Gulf by the US navy's guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes during confrontation with Iranian speedboats, 03 July 1988. 290 civilian passengers and crew members, including 66 children, died. Both IR655 aircraft and the USS Vincennes were inside Iranian territorial waters at the time of the attack.
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A copy of the Tower Commission Report on the Iran-Contra affair lies in the foreground (R) as former National Security Advisor John Poindexter takes his seat for a second day of testimony on the controversy, 16 July 1987. Woman (L) is unidentified.
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An US hostage (Blindfolded) 08 November 1979 is paraded by his captors in the compound of the US Embassy Tehran, Iran. An Iranian crowd of thousands stand by chanting 'death to Carter - Yankee go home'. A
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US congressman (Rep) George Hansen speaks at a press conference 23 November 1979 in Tehran. Hansen flew to Iran to attempt to negotiate the release of the American hostages held at the US Embassy in Tehran.
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Protesters opposed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demonstrate outside U.N. headquarters on the first day of the United Nations General Assembly September 23, 2009 in New York City. Iran experienced mass protests following Ahmadinejad's disputed June election, the largest demonstrations seen by the nation since its 1979 Islamic revolution.
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