Iran Hostage Crisis

by Victor Gonzalez

What Happened?

52 American diplomats were taken hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, by a group of Iranian students. The hostages were held for 444 days.

Operation Eagle Claw

In April 1980, President Jimmy Carter launched Operation Eagle Claw to rescue the hostages. The plan failed because a desert storm caused many helicopters to malfunction. One of the helicopters veered into a transport plane during takeoff. Eight servicemen were kill and the mission was aborted.

The Result

The crisis horribly effected Jimmy Carter's campaign. He lost the election to Ronald Reagan and a few hours after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, the hostages were released.