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 government 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.
because they thought they would get away with it!:D well they did
Jimmy Carter, 39th US President
Iran hostage crisis happened in 1981.
Militants of Iran kept American soliders hostage for exactly 444 days. This created the Iran ''Hostage'' Crisis. - Jake Barreto
The hostage situation in Iran and the failed rescue attempt was a serious embarrassment for the Carter administration.The Iranian hostage crisis. Apex :)
444 days Aplus+
Yes, from 1980 to 1981 in the Carter administration. He was heavily involved in the Iran Hostage situation.
Jimmy Carter himself was never taken hostage, but the Iran Hostage Crisis occurred during his presidency.
in tahran, Iran
President Jimmy Carter.
The Iran Hostage Crisis began on 4 November 1979.
The interference of the US in the Iranian affairs caused the hostage crisis. Many Islamic students believed that the Shah should be returned to Iran for the justice of Iran.
They were held hostage in Iran.
they were kidnapped
After the Iran hostage crisis, Americans began to see Middle Eastern conflicts as a great threat to the nation
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
There was an oil shortage due to the Iran hostage situation. I remember waiting in line.
The Iran Hostage Crisis took place 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981.
The name "Iran Hostage Crisis" implies that there were hostages held by the Iranian government and this holding of hostages fomented a crisis.