50 years ago today - Apr 1, 1974

The Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic republic in Iran. Four days later the onetime US Secretary of the Treasury under US President Nixon, David M. Kennedy, is appointed by the LDS First Presidency as its "special representative" to foreign governments to ask for formal recognition of the church abroad. He will serve for sixteen years.

[Chronology, in Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, chronology by Joseph Geisner, and Lavina Fielding Anderson]

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