Iran hostage crisis, international crisis (1979-81) in which militants in iran seized 66 american citizens at the us embassy in tehrān and held 52 of them hostage for more than a year. The popular reception of argo, the new ben affleck movie about the 1979 us embassy takeover in iran, is perhaps evidence that the 444-day hostage-taking still occupies a dark corner of our. The iran hostage crisis, referred to within iran in persian as تسخیر لانه جاسوسی امریکا (literally conquest of the american spy den,), was a diplomatic crisis between iran and the united states. L bruce laingen, the us chargé d'affaires in tehran, went so far as to warn, in a memo dated august 16, 1979, that the admission of the shah to the united states could lead to the seizure of the american embassy in tehran. Learn about the current political views of one of the former hostage takers who took over the american embassy in iran in 1979 by reading and discussing former hostage taker now likes to take on the mullahs.
An article on friday about compensation for the americans taken hostage at the united states embassy in tehran in 1979 misidentified, in some editions, the party affiliation of gerald e connolly. The united states lost iran as a regional ally when the shah was overthrown in 1979 the same year, students took dozens of americans hostage at the us embassy in tehran. With a nation weary of war in the middle east and fresh off new embassy attacks in the region, the actor-director is worried about the world -- and his audience.
Iran hostage crisis, in us history, events following the seizure of the american embassy in tehran by iranian students on nov 4, 1979 the overthrow of muhammad reza shah pahlevi of iran by an islamic revolutionary government earlier in the year had led to a steady deterioration in iran-us relations. On november 4, 1979, a group of iranian students stormed the american embassy in tehran and took 63 american embassy personnel hostage the specific grievance of the students (the hostage takers) focused on the shah and his relationship with the us. After all, the nightly broadcasts covering the hostage crisis focused exclusively on events and updates from that day in tehran, rarely looking back to events before the embassy takeover, and never taking their audiences back to 1953 when the united states essentially overthrew iran's government.
Nowadays the grand old us embassy in tehran looks forlorn, like a hostage left behind and long forgotten a solid battleship of an office building in orange brick, two stories high and more than. It has been 35 years since iranians stormed the us embassy and took americans hostage here are six things about the crisis that you may not have known. The hitch left the hostages in a new sort of limbo -- imprisoned somewhere in iran for the 444th day since an armed iranian mob seized the american embassy in tehran with the complicity of the. The iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic standoff between iran and the united states of america fifty-two american diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from november 4, 1979, to january 20, 1981, after a group of iranian college students belonging to the muslim student followers of the imam's line , who supported the iranian. Hostage crisis, the events following the seizure of the american embassy in tehran by leftist islamist students in 1979 with subsequent wide-ranging repercussions on iran's domestic politics as well as on us-iran relations.
The iran hostage crisis (persian: اشغال سفارت امریکا , occupation of the american embassy) was a diplomatic crisis between iran and the united states in which 52 americans were held hostage for 444 days from november 4, 1979, to january 20, 1981, after a group of islamist students and militants took over the american embassy in tehran in support of the iranian revolution [1. The upheaval following the overthrow of the shah of iran was profound ayatollah ruhollah khomeini returned from exile in february 1979 the old regime collapsed a couple of weeks later, but it. The people of iran hit a breaking point and the revolutionists in iran then captured and held hostage the 52 american workers from the american embassy in iran americans were horrified as they watched their people be captured and terrorized. On february 1, 1979, ayatollah khomeini returned to iran and began to consolidated power when president jimmy carter allowed the shah to visit america for cancer treatment in october 1979, radicals in iran seized the american embassy on november 4, fearing a repeat of 1953, when the us and the uk. The iranian hostage crisis, although important to american voters, was not the driving issue behind their votes for ronald reagan over president jimmy carter according to polling, the weakened american economy was the most important issue facing america and it was this issue that sunk carter's reelection bid.
On november 4, 1979, an angry mob of some 300 to 500 students who called themselves imam's disciples, laid siege to the american embassy in teheran, iran, to capture and hold hostage 66 us citizens and diplomats. While the hostage taking may have finally made iran a household name in anywhere, america, the image that was conjured was far from an desirable or constructive. The iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic standoff between iran and the united states fifty-two american diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days from november 4, 1979, to january 20, 1981 after a group of iranian students belonging to the muslim student followers of the imam's line , who supported the iranian revolution , took over the us embassy in tehran.
Washington, dc, november 5, 1999 - the shocking seizure of the american embassy and its staff in tehran on november 4, 1979, placed us-iran relations firmly in the deep freeze whatever hopes existed on either side for a rapprochement after the shah's departure at the start of the year were quickly doused. Tomseth, who was a political counselor at the embassy in tehran in 1979, had written a diplomatic cable months before the hostage crisis warning about the difficulties of negotiation with the. The political context of the hostage-taking the seizure of the american embassy in tehran on 4 november 1979, concluded an era of american influence in iran that began with cia.