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.

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