In the eyes of the world, the US lost some credibility when South Vietnam fell to the communists in April of 1975. Some nations felt the US couldn't fight anymore; Iran …took advantage of that notion. (MORE)
The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis that lasted from November 4, 1979 until January 20, 1981. Members of the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Lin…e, a group of militant university students who were supported by the new Islamic regime, held 63 diplomats and three additional U.S. citizens hostage inside the American diplomatic mission in Tehran, Iran..
Fifty two people, not including those who were released, were held hostage until the conclusion of the crisis. The United States attempted a rescue operation named Operation Eagle Claw. The operation failed, resulting in the deaths of five USAF Airmen and three US Marines..
Some political scientists argue that the crisis was one of the primary reasons for U.S. President Jimmy Carter's defeat in the U.S. Presidential Election of 1980..
The crisis reached its conclusion with the signing of the Algiers Accords. On January 20, 1981, the hostages were formally released into United States custody after spending 444 days in captivity. The release took place just minutes after Ronald Reagan was officially sworn in as president. In November of 1979 55 americans were taken hostage.They were kept for over a year.On January 20,1981 the hostages were released.It was the same day that Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the United States. (MORE)
The Iran hostage crisis was a situation in which 52 US citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students an…d militants took over the Embassy of the United States in Tehran. The hostages were formally released minutes after the new US president, Ronald Reagan, was sworn in on January 20, 1981. For more information, see the link below. (MORE)
In November of 1979 a mob in Tehran, Iran stormed the United States Embassy and took the entire staff hostage. This was done with the encouragement of the Iranian govern…ment which did nothing to protect the embassy as they were bound to do. Eventually the Iranian government took charge of the hostages from the mob but did not release them. Over time some were released, such as the women, but the rest were not. President Carter was unwilling to use military force, despite the fact that siezing an embassy like that is, in fact, an act of war, and was reduced to fruitless diplomatic efforts. When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 (actually on the anniversary of the hostage siezure)the dynamic suddenly changed because it was clear he would use military force and the Iranians began serious negotiations. They dragged it out as long as they could in order to humiliate Carter but finally released the hostages on the day Reagan took office, just after he was sworn in, 444 days after the storming of the embassy. Michael Montagne My recollection of the events is that Carter had worked out a deal, bush Reagan sent his VP runningmate to meet with the Iranians and promised them a deal if they would hold the hostages until Reagan took office. This was called the "October Surprise", a term that still exists. Congress investigated and found some suspicious actions, but not enough evidence to warrent prosecution. The hostages were released 7 minutes after Reagan took office and Reagan responded with selling weapons to Iran. (MORE)
Note: Acording to WIKIPEDIA. In America, the crisis is thought by some political analysts to be the primary reason for U.S. President Jimmy Carter's defeat in the N…ovember 1980 presidential election, and described by some as the "pivotal episode" in the history of U.S.-Iranian relations. In Iran, the crisis strengthened the prestige of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the political power of forces who supported theocracy and the hostage taking. The crisis also marked the beginning of American legal action, or sanctions, that weakened economic ties between Iran and America. Sanctions blocked all property within U.S. jurisdiction owned by the Central Bank and Government of Iran. Jimmy Carter. (MORE)