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Published On: Thu, Jan 16th, 2014

This Day in History: ‘Hello Dolly’ opened, Ike took control and the Shah in Iran fled to Egypt

A few moments in time have been carved out on January 16.

eisenhower_dwight_presIn fact, seventy years ago, during World War II General Dwight D. Eisenhower formally assumed command of the Allied forces in London.

It was twenty years later on this day that the musical “Hello, Dolly!” opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.

Carol Channing starred in her signature role and went on to become one of the most iconic Broadway shows of its era and held the title of “Longest Running Musical” for many years.

It was during the Carter administration that the Iranian Shah and his family fled to Egypt. January 16, 1979 marked a big turning point as Mohammad Reza Pahlavi lost support of the Shia clergy and was forced to exit the country which was drifting deeper and deeper into turmoil.

This opened the door for the Ayatollah Khamenei’s return from exile and violence protests, riots and calls for the Shah’s death.

Later in October 1979, President Jimmy Carter reluctantly allowed the Shah into the United States to undergo surgical treatment, a move which incited even more violence and greater divide between the two countries.

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