Iranian Hostage Crisis

By: Raimi K. & Xavier J.

Americans Are Taken Hostage By Iranians

Iran hostage crisis, in U.S. 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-U.S. relations. In response to the exiled shah's admission (Sept., 1979) to the United States for medical treatment, a crowd of about 500 seized the embassy. Of the approximately 90 people inside the embassy, 52 remained in captivity until the end of the crisis.

The Site of The Situation

The hostages taken were in the country of Iran (Tehran).

Who, What, Where, When, And Why

Iran Hostage Crisis 1979 (ABC News Report From 12/3/1979)

Terms & People

Ken Taylor

  • Kenneth Douglas "Ken" Taylor, OC is a Canadian diplomat, educator and businessman, best known for his role in the 1979 covert operation called the "Canadian Caper" when he was the Canadian ambassador to Iran.

  • Crisis

    A time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.

    Jimmy Carter

    Was the president during the crisis.

    Lt.Cmdr. Robert Englemann

    Iran Hostage Crisis 1979 (ABC News Report From 11/11/1979)

    Iranian Hostage Crisis

    On November 4,1979 an angry mob of young Islamic revolutionaries overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 Americans hostage. When the hostage were taken they were released minutes after Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as president 444 days later. The hostage crisis was the most dramatic in a series of problems facing Americans at home and abroad in the last year of the Carter presidency.