|19 Aug 1953
||The CIA and British intelligence orchestrate the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran.
|4 Nov 1979
||Iranian students storm the U.S. Embassy, seizing 52 hostages and occupying the embassy for 444 days.
|20 Jan 1981
||The American hostages in Teheran are released immediately after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as U.S. President.
|3 Jul 1988
||U.S. battleship Vincennes shoots down Iran Air flight 655 by accident, killing 290 civilian passengers and crew.