The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis that happened between 1979 and 1981, involving America and Iran. Iran became angry with America because they had different political views, and Iran thought that America offended the Shah. Iranian students raided the U.S embassy in Tehran, Iran. They called themselves Imam's disciples. They took 66 Americans hostage. Six other Americans were forced into hiding with their families. People in the U.S. tied yellow ribbons around their trees, and sent 250,000 Christmas cards to the hostages.
The hostages were treated fairly well, and were accepted as guests by the Iranians. They had warm running water, bath tubs,and showers. It was almost impossible to escape because guards were patroling the hallways with either an automatic rifle or a machine gun. The food the hostages ate was usually canned goods heated up in the microwave. When the food reached the hostages, it was usually cold. The hostages were not allowed to speak to one another. Television was allowed only rarely. On some days, the hostages were taken outside for thirty minutes to an hour to enjoy some fresh air and exercise. The hostages' location was frequently changed for security reasons. There were long periods of time between mail deliveries.
On November 4,1979, 6 Americans escaped from Iran, and on November 19 and 20, 1979, 13 hostages were released, and 1 was released in July,1980. The 52 that were left were released on January 20, 1981 due to illnesses after 444 days of being held hostage. The hostages were released only minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in to be the 40th President of the United States. The "hostage takers" waited until after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president, because they didn't want to release them to the 39th President, Jimmy Carter. Though it seems like a happy ending, some hostages were killed during the crisis, but most of them returned safely back to their families.