Monday, November 4, 2013

Iranian Hostage Crisis: 34 years ago today

From an interesting account of one the low points in modern American political (and, ultimately, military) history:
November 4, 1979 – Radical Iranian students take over the U.S. embassy in Tehran and hold 52 Americans hostage. The embassy had been seized in February of that year, shortly after the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile in Paris, but that was resolved quickly; few suspected that this diplomatic crisis would end up lasting 444 days and cost the lives of eight soldiers who died during the ill-fated Operation Eagle Claw rescue attempt on April 24, 1980.
Read the entire article, here.