The Iran Hostage Crisis was a hostage action from some students who were supporters of the Iranian Revolution. They took over the U.S. embassy in Theran. They held 63 diplomats and citizens in hostage for 444 days, from the 4th. of november 1979 until the 20th. of january 1981 resulting in a diplomatic stand off between Iran and the United States.It stands as the longest hostage crisis in recorded history.
President Carter ordered the U.S. military to attempt a rescue mission (Operation Eagle Claw). The attempt failed on April 24, 1980, resulting in the accidental deaths of eight American servicemen and one Iranian civilian after one of the helicopters crashed into a transport aircraft.
The death of the Iranian Sjah on the 27th. of july 1980 and the outbreak of the war against Iraq led to negotiations and resulted in the release of the hostages. It is believed the crisis was the reason for President Carter not te be re elected for another term as president.
This stamp from 1988 is about the Iran Hostage Crisis. The Iran Hostage Crisis was a hostage action from some students who were supporters of the Iranian Revolution and they held 63 diplomats and citizens in hostage for 444 days, from the 4th. of november 1979 until the 20th. of january 1981. It is believed the crisis was the reason for President Carter not te be re elected for another term as president.
On the 3rd. of July 1988 a missle shot from navy vessel USS Vincennes hit the Iranian Airliner. The aircraft, an Airbus A300, was destroyed and all 290 people on board, including 66 children, were killed. The jet was hit while flying over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. The Navy crew of the ship had incorrectly identified the Airbus as an attacking F-14 Tomcat, while not been able to communicate with the aircraft. The Iranians claimed that the navy vessel shot down the airliner on purpose.
Some analysts blamed the captain of Vincennes, William C. Rogers III, for overly-aggressive behavior in a tense and dangerous environment. In the days immediately following the incident, U.S. President Ronald Reagan issued a written diplomatic note to the Iranian government, expressing deep regret.
After the hit from the missle the plane disintegrated immediately. The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were never found.