On november 4, 1979, iranian students seized the embassy and detained more than 50 americans, ranging from the chargé d’affaires to the most junior members of the staff, as hostages the iranians held the american diplomats hostage for 444 days. In an annual rite of anti-americanism in iran, thousands gathered thursday at the site of the former us embassy in tehran to mark the anniversary of its takeover by student activists in 1979. The key moments in the long history of us-iran tensions union, the united states and iran wait for the start of a meeting on iran's nuclear program in lausanne, switzerland, on march 30.
Some 52 americans, comprising both diplomatic staff and citizens, were held hostage in iran for 444 days between november 4, 1979 and january 21, 1981 by a group of students supporting the islamic revolution. Iran hostage crisis study was controlled by britain and soviets early on in its history until the early 50's us involvement in iran was motivated by oil interests and cold war rivalry with ussr angers the ayatollah into attacking the us embassy in tehran november 1979 us embassy was seized iranian militants and college students who. On nov 4, 1979, thousands of iranians stormed the us embassy in tehran, taking 66 americans hostage, including three cia officers the crisis lasted 444 days—a drawn-out drama dubbed.
On november 4, 1979, radical iranian students seized the united states embassy complex in the iranian capital of tehran the immediate cause of this takeover was the anger many iranians felt over the us president jimmy carter allowing the deposed former ruler of iran, shah reza pahlavi, to enter the us for medical treatment. On nov 4, 1979, a group of young iranian activists broke into the us embassy in downtown tehran, captured virtually every american working there, and began one of the worst diplomatic crises in. 1979 april - the islamic republic of iran is proclaimed following a referendum 1979 november - islamic militants take 52 americans hostage inside the us embassy in tehran. He had played a key role in the defense and subsequent liberation of the us embassy and its personnel during a february 1979 attack by iranian revolutionary forces. Iran hostage crisis, in us history, events following the seizure of the american embassy in tehran by iranian students on nov 4, 1979 the overthrow of muhammad reza shah pahlevi of iran by an islamic revolutionary government earlier in the year had led to a steady deterioration in iran-us relations.
On november 4, 1979, 53 americans were taken hostage by militant iranian students at the american embassy in tehran, iran thus began a period of 444 days in which these americans were held captive. The iran hostage crisis, referred to in persian as تسخیر لانه جاسوسی امریکا (literally conquest of the american spy den,), was a diplomatic crisis between iran and the united states. Fifty-two american diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days, after a group of iranian students, belonging to the muslim student followers of the imam's line, who were supporting the iranian revolution took over the us embassy in tehran.
The embassy in tehran was the site of the worst hostage crisis in us history in 1979 when revolutionary students stormed in and took dozens of us staff hostage. Militant islamic students in iran have stormed the us embassy in the iranian capital,tehran, and taken more than 90 people hostage the students have demanded that the shah of iran, who fled the country in january, be extradited from the us, where he is currently receiving medical treatment for cancer, to stand trial in iran. The embassy garnered worldwide attention in 1979 when revolutionary students stormed in to the embassy in tehran, iran and took dozens of us staff hostage.
The hostage crisis in iran on november 4, 1979, iranian militants stormed the united states embassy in tehran and took approximately seventy americans captive this terrorist act triggered the most profound crisis of the carter presidency and began a personal ordeal for jimmy carter and the american people that lasted 444 days. An iranian student shouts anti-american slogans as he waves an automatic rifle in the air, in tehran, on monday, nov 5, 1979 soon after the occupation of the american embassy by students(ap. By ray takeyh during august 2005, american newspapers and television screens were unexpectedly filled with images of 1979 the scene of the us embassy in iran being taken over by radical students, effigies of uncle sam being burned, and angry mobs desecrating the american flag seemed the order of the day.