Iranian Hostage Crisis

By: Shelbi & Quenton

The Carter Administration And The Iranian Hostage Crisis

On November 4, 1979 Iranian student demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage. The hostages would be released only when the Shah came back to Iran to be prosecuted for crimes against the people.

The situation was only expected to last a short time, but it dragged on for 444 days. The Carter administration had difficulty in retrieving the hostages. A secret rescue attempt in 1980 only made matters worse and Carter was not reelected in the 1980 presidential race. The hostages were released on January 20, 1981, the same day Ronald Reagan was sworn into office.

Iran Hostage Crisis 1979 (ABC News Report From 11/11/1979)
Iran Hostage Crisis: Release of 52 Hostages in 1981 (ABC News Report From 1/20/1981)