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15 Dec 2017
1978: Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi's rule sparks demonstrations and riots.
January 16: The Shah flees Iran and heads to Egypt
February 1: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran, after 14 years in exile, to lead the country.
October 22: The Shah enters the United States to receive medical treatment for cancer.
November 4: Iranian students protest outside of the US embassy in Tehran, demanding the Shah leave the United States.They storm the embassy and take 90 people hostage including 66 Americans. 52 hostages .
November 5: The Iranian government cancels military treaties with the US and the Soviet Union, to prevent US or Soviet military intervention.
November 14: President Carter orders Iranian assets in US banks frozen.
November 17: Khomeini orders the release of 5 female and 8 African-American hostages. They are released November 19 and 20, bringing the total number of US hostages to 53.
December 4: The United Nations calls for Iran to release the hostages.
December 15: Shah Pahlavi leaves the United States for Panama.
March 1980: The Shah returns to Egypt.
April 7: President Carter cuts diplomatic ties with Iran, announcing further sanctions and ordering all Iranian diplomats to leave the United States.
April 25: President Carter orders military rescue mission to free the hostages. Rescue fails as two helicopters collided. Eight U.S soldiers die in the accident.
July 27: The Shah dies of Cancer in Egypt.
Jan 19, 1981: The United States and Iran sign an agreement to release the hostages and unfreeze Iranian assets.
November 4: Ronald Regan wins U.S Presidential Election.
January 20, 1981 20 minutes from Reagan's oath, Iran releases all 52 hostages and are flown to Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany.
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