NOVEMBER 4, 1979


Iran Hostage Crisis


4th November 1979 is a very famous day in Iranian and American History. Today fifty-two American citizens and diplomats were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, after a group of Iranian college students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran


This incident was called the Iran Hostage Crisis which was a diplomatic stand-off between Iran and the United States, where the media described it as an entanglement of killing. Whereas the then President of America Jimmy Carter called this an act of "blackmail". The hostages were also labeled as "victims of terrorism"


The president's threat thrust the hostages back into the spotlight, at a time when some say they feel that their ordeal has largely been forgotten by the American public. Of 53 hostages, which includes an additional diplomat who was released early, an estimated 18 have died.

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