The post-election storm brewing in Iran prompted LiveScience to round up some of history's most significant protests:
- A piece of paper nailed to a church door in 1517 sparked the Protestant Revolution.
- Parisians moved more boldly, beheading the Bastille's governor to spark the French Revolution in 1789.
- The Boston Tea Party in 1773 helped pave the way for the American Revolution.
- 60,000 were arrested during Gandhi's Salt March to protest British taxation in 1930, but it swayed world opinion toward Indian independence.
- MLK's March on Washington in 1963 spurred civil rights laws.
- Tiananmen Square held a million peaceful demonstrators in 1989 when Chinese tanks rolled in.
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