As Iran marks the 32nd anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, it is instructive to remember that the cataclysmic events in Iran were only one of many world-changing developments in that tumultuous year of 1979.

Indeed, it might be argued that 1979 was the most monumental and pivotal year in the second half of the 20th century – creating opportunities and crises that we are still contending with more than three decades later.

Consider some of the major happenings of that year: