For many years the oil industry in Iran was controlled by Britain. However in 1951 it was nationalized with overwhelming support throughout Iran.
To combat these measures US and British forces led a coup against the democratically elected leader of Iran in August of 1953.
They helped install a leader who would support the west: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. He also turned out to be an authoritarian dictator.
During his 26 year rule of Iran Britain and the USA would make overwhelming sums of money from Iranian oil.
However the Shah faced a revolution in 1979 amid accusations of being the west’s puppet and allegations of brutal crimes against his own people. He fled into exile.
His replacement was Ayatollah Khomeini. Under Khomeini’s rule, Iran was turned into a theocracy, and became heavily anti-western. Under theocratic rule there has been a lack of civil rights and especially women’s rights. This is still the case today, a little over 30 years later.
August 19, 1953 - 58 years ago today.