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On this day: 10/24/2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen's greatest hits was released this week in Iran. Freddie Mercury, was proud of his
Iranian ancestry, and illegal bootleg albums and singles had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.