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Iranian citizens burning an American flag.


The Iranian Hostage Crisis was when a group of Iranian students held 52 Americans hostage. It happened on November 4, 1979. The students were in the U.S. Embassy located in Tehran, Iran. Their reason for holding the Americans hostage was because of their former Shah and his relations with The U.S.. The Shah had been diagnosed with cancer and President Jimmy Carter allowed him to come to the U.S. for treatment, because of his actions back in Iran the people of the country didn't like him, and didn't support him. They wanted the U.S. to let him go but they wouldn't , so they decided to take some American citizens hostage with hopes of the U.S. releasing Mohammad Reza Shah. As a result of the hostage crisis President Jimmy Carter wasn't re-elected for President. On July 27,1980 the former Shah of Iran died. After 444 days the Iranian students released the hostages.

Iran Hostage Crisis 1979 (ABC News Report From 11/11/1979)
What caused the 1979 US Embassy Hostage Crisis in Iran?

Important Terms

Hostage - A person seized or held as security for the fulfillment of a condition.

Overthrow - Remove forcibly from power

Revolution - A forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system

Exile - The state of being barred from one's native country, typically for political or punitive reasons.