November 4 2020 — On November 4 1979, a group of Iranian college students took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days. The hostages were released just minutes after American President Ronald Reagan was sworn into office. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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On January 20 1980, 20 minutes after Reagan concluded his inaugural address, the Islamic Republic of Iran announced the release of the release of 52 Americans being held hostage in Iran since November 4 1979.
“During my research, I spoke to several of the former hostages. I was deeply moved by the response of one in particular. After listening to the evidence, he said simply: ‘I don’t want to believe it. It’s too painful to think about it.’ Painful it is. But the rest of us are obliged to think about it. Hard.”
Gary Sick — Retired Naval Captain who served on Ford’s, Carter’s, and Reagan’s National Security Council
October Surprise conspiracy theory
Allegations that the Reagan administration negotiated a delay in the release of the hostages until after the 1980 presidential election have been numerous.
Gary Sick, principal White House aide for Iran and the Persian Gulf on the Carter administration’s National Security Council, claimed in his book “October Surprise: America’s Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan” that CIA Director William Casey and possibly Vice President George H. W. Bush went to Paris to negotiate such a delay.
In popular culture
The Academy Award–winning movie Argo was based on the taking of hostages by Iranian revolutionaries.
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The movie was criticized for changing the story considerably, including by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
Iran Hostage Crisis 1979 (ABC News Report From 11/11/1979)
Iran hostage crisis — Wikipedia
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