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Friday, February 1, 2013

February 1, 1979: Khomeini's Return to Iran

Khomeini Returns, 1979
Though the Shah's departure from Iran two weeks earlier was essential to the success of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the enduring symbol of the Revolution and the action which clearly determined its future course took place 34 years ago today: the return of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Tehran from his French exile. Though February 10 is celebrated as Revolution Day, the return of Khomeini remains a key image. (So much so that in some versions some of those on the stairs who later fell out with him have disappeared, Trotsky style.)

Last year's commemoration was a bit strange: it involved a giant cut-out figure:
Giant Cut-Out Figure Returns, 2012

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