Iranian Hostage Crisis


In November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students entered the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The hostage-taking was about more than the Shah’s medical care. It was a dramatic way for the student revolutionaries to declare a break with Iran’s past and an end to American interference in its affairs.The students set their hostages free on January 21, 1981, 444 days after the crisis began and just hours after President Ronald Reagan delivered his first address.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter would say later, "No matter who was with me, we watched the big grandfather clock by the door." Time was running out, for it was Tuesday, January 20, 1981. The scene was the Oval Office. In just hours this president would leave it for good, and a new leader,Ronald Reagan, would move in. As the clock ticked the time away, Carter tried to resolve a crisis that had almost destroyed his presidency. He was close, very close, and as he said, "At stake were the lives of 52 precious human beings who had been imprisoned in Iran for 444 days–and almost 12 billion dollars of Iranian assets." 1

Ronald Reagon

The way Ronald Reagon help the Iranian Hostages crisis was by trading weapons with Iran to get the Americans back home. They had told president Reagon that its a legal to do that but he didn't care he would do anything to get the Americans back home.