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A building with an anti-American mural in Tehran
A building with an anti-American mural in Tehran

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Bertil Videt

A bust of Howard C. Baskerville, an American Presbyterian missionary, who died in 1909 fighting for a constitutional monarchy in Iran. The bust, which is housed in downtown Tabriz, bears the legend: 'Patriot and Maker of History.'
A bust of Howard C. Baskerville, an American Presbyterian missionary, who died in 1909 fighting for a constitutional monarchy in Iran. The bust, which is housed in downtown Tabriz, bears the legend: 'Patriot and Maker of History.'

Source: Wikimedia Commons/Vathlu

A memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to members of the U.S. armed forces killed in a failed attempt to rescue Americans held hostage in Iran
A memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to members of the U.S. armed forces killed in a failed attempt to rescue Americans held hostage in Iran

Source: Flickr/bobafred

A torture device used by SAVAK, the shah's secret police, to pull out fingernails of detainees
A torture device used by SAVAK, the shah's secret police, to pull out fingernails of detainees

Source: Public Domain

American relief workers survey earthquake damage and assist relief efforts following a 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran.
American relief workers survey earthquake damage and assist relief efforts following a 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran.

Source: FEMA

Americans held hostage in Iran return to the United States on January 27, 1981
Americans held hostage in Iran return to the United States on January 27, 1981

Source: Department of Defense

An American protests during the Iranian hostage crisis in November 1979.
An American protests during the Iranian hostage crisis in November 1979.

Source: U.S. Library of Congress/U.S. News and World Report

Banners criticizing the shah, during the 1979 Iranian Revolution
Banners criticizing the shah, during the 1979 Iranian Revolution

Source: Raphael Saulus

Graffiti on the walls on the former U.S. Embassy building in Tehran
Graffiti on the walls on the former U.S. Embassy building in Tehran

Source: Phillip Maiwald (Nikopol)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Source: Agencia Brasil

Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and his daughter look out an airplane window following a 1951 trip to the United States
Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and his daughter look out an airplane window following a 1951 trip to the United States

Source: Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Department of State

Iranian troops surround the Iranian parliament, 1953
Iranian troops surround the Iranian parliament, 1953

Source: Public Domain

Iranians remember Neda Agha Soltan, whose death in 2009 rallied the Iranian opposition
Iranians remember Neda Agha Soltan, whose death in 2009 rallied the Iranian opposition

Source: wikipedia

Mass protests in Iran in 1978
Mass protests in Iran in 1978

Source: Wikimedia Commons/ sajed.ir

Mohammed Khatami, Iran's former president
Mohammed Khatami, Iran's former president

Source: Flickr/World Economic Forum

Reza Shah's coronation in 1926
Reza Shah's coronation in 1926

Source: Public Domain

Ruhollah Khomeini with an Iranian child
Ruhollah Khomeini with an Iranian child

Source: Public Domain

Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi distributes land ownership documents to women during his "White Revolution,"1963
Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi distributes land ownership documents to women during his "White Revolution,"1963

Source: Public Domain

Shah Mozaffar al-Din
Shah Mozaffar al-Din

Source: Brooklyn Museum

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the future supreme leader of Iran, returns to Iran following his exile abroad, February 1979
The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the future supreme leader of Iran, returns to Iran following his exile abroad, February 1979

Source: Wikimedia Commons/ www.sajed.ir

The Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, and his wife Farah Pahlavi
The Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, and his wife Farah Pahlavi

Source: Public Domain

U.S. President Barack Obama's speech at Cairo University on 2 June 2009, in which he called for “a new beginning” in relations between the United States and the peoples of the Middle East
U.S. President Barack Obama's speech at Cairo University on 2 June 2009, in which he called for “a new beginning” in relations between the United States and the peoples of the Middle East

Source: Flickr/ Official White House Photostream

U.S. President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, in which he labelled Iran part of an "Axis of Evil"
U.S. President George W. Bush's 2002 State of the Union address, in which he labelled Iran part of an "Axis of Evil"

Source: White House

U.S. President Harry S. Truman and Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, 1951
U.S. President Harry S. Truman and Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, 1951

Source: Truman Library

U.S. President Jimmy Carter toasts Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1977
U.S. President Jimmy Carter toasts Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1977

Source: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

U.S. President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office with Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, Ed Meese, and Don Regan discussing Reagan's remarks on the Iran-Contra affair
U.S. President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office with Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, Ed Meese, and Don Regan discussing Reagan's remarks on the Iran-Contra affair

Source: Ronald Reagan Library