By Cale and Newell
Iran was in WW1 and WW2. The U.S. and Iran used to have ties with each other. After Iran took American men hostage we severed those ties. These hostages were held for 444 days.
Iran has threatened to use illegal nuclear warfare. They are currently in a war with Isis.
On December 26, 2003 a very destructive earthquake hit Iran. It destroyed the city of Bam, killing an estimated 28,000 to 30,000 of its 80,000 residents
In 2006, Iran removed UN seals on uranium enrichment and equipment and resumed nuclear research.
France, Britain, and Germany stopped talking to Iran about nuclear bombs. Along with the U.S., they threatened to refer Iran to the UN Security Council. This has been avoided so far.
Iran is home to one of the oldest, constant major civilizations. It has been in existence since almost 4000 BC.
The Persian Empire began during the Iron Age. The Iranian people gave rise the Medes, the Achaemenids, the Arsacids, and the Sasanians.
Susa is one of Iran's and the world's oldest cities. This city dates back to almost 4400 B.C., a time that goes beyond the time of Mesopotamia.
The country has many ancient artifacts, including old human and animal figurines that are believed to be 10,000 years old. Clay models of human and animal figures were found in the Zagros Mountains.
Tehran, Iran's capital city was first mentioned on text in 2000 B.C. Tehran used to be called Rey in B.C. times. In 1773 the Afghans occupied the city.
Iran used to be known as Persia. It wasn't until 1935 that Iran got its present name. Early Persia was a major empire, with a vast plateau surrounded by mountain ranges.
The discovery of oil in the early 20th century generated much trade in Iran, particularly with Great Britain, Russia, and The U.S.
In 1980 Iraq invaded Iran, due to a border disagreement. The conflict lasted eight years, and it has been estimated that 2,000,000 people died, but the disagreement was never solved.
In the early 1960s Iranians grew unhappy with the country's monarch, known as the Shah. then in 1979 the Shah was over thrown by a ruler named Khomeini, this leader was anti-American.
During WW1 and WW2 Iran was occupied by Russian, British, and Ottoman soldiers. Throughout many invasions and occupations Iran has kept the same national identity.
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