The year 1951 was a pivotal point in Iran's contemporary history. It was the year the Iranian nation made a launch for independence.
Iran's oil was flowing out unchecked as it had been for five decades. The monarchy was happy to line its pocket with the meager amount it was given to allow the outflow to continue. But the parliament, the nation and the clergy were not.
Led by its democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, the nation managed to nationalize its oil industry. It was an incredible achievement considering the fact that 80 to 90 percent of Iran's oil revenues belonged exclusively to Britain.
The anniversary of the nationalization of the Iranian oil is an opportunity to turn back the pages of time and see where Iran has come from and where is going.