Today in Middle Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s fate was ultimately sealed when he fled Iran on January 16, 1979, although that outcome had probably been inevitable once mass demonstrations against his rule began in early 1977. But the roots of his unceremonious flight from the angry grasp of his former subjects were firmly planted in 1963, during the 15 Khordad demonstrations. These took place on, well, the 15th of Khordad, but that’s June 5 (and 6; they were a two day affair) for us Westerners. And not only did they establish the Shah’s unpopularity, but they also empowered the man who would ultimately replace him, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Source: Today in Middle Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

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