Iranian Hostage Crisis

By: Jonathan Lopez and Janfor Sambula


On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The immediate cause of this action was President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow Iran’s deposed Shah, a pro-Western autocrat who had been expelled from his country some months before, to come to the United States for cancer treatment.

Important Terms/People

  • Muslims Student Followers of the Imam's Line
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan