Iran hostage crisis, 1979

The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and Untied States. Following the American Embassy in Tehran being taken over by Islamist students, 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.

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04 Nov 1979, Tehran, Iran --- Tehran, Iran. This photo taken on the first day of occupation of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran shows American hostages being paraded by their militant Iranian captors. The picture was obtained by UPI after the FBI showed no interest. It was brought into the U.S. by an Iranian. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS Nachdem die revolutionären Studenten am 4. November 1979 die US-Botschaft in Teheran besetzt hatten, nahmen sie die anwesenden Amerikaner als Geiseln und führten sie der Öffentlichkeit vor.

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Two lines of troops loyal to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini stand in front of the U.S. Embassy during shooting in the compound, Feb. 15, 1979 in Tehran. (AP Photo)