The day the Iran hostage crises started – level 1


In 1979, there is a revolution in Iran. The Shah loses his control. Now, Iran is an Islamic republic.

The Shah wants to go to the United States. He wants to go to hospital there because he is ill. Americans say that it is possible. People in Iran aren’t happy.

On November 4, 1979, there is a big demonstration in Tehran. American flags are on fire. People want the Shah back in Iran. They want to send him to prison.

Then, people go to the US embassy. They occupy the embassy. Americans from the embassy are hostages.

The Americans in the USA try to help the hostages peacefully. They try to talk to the Iranians. That doesn’t work.

Then the Americans prepare a plan. They send 8 helicopters with soldiers to Iran. However, the operation isn’t good. Four helicopters have problems. The hostages are not free.

The hostages are in Iran for 444 days. Then they can go home.

Difficult words: Shah (the Iranian word for king), republic (a government where officials listen to the people), demonstration (when people say and show that they are unhappy), embassy (an office which represents one country in another country), occupy (to take control of some place), hostage (a person who is in prison because somebody wants money for the person), soldier (a person in the army).

What were the lasting effects of the Iran Hostage Crisis on both Iran and the United States?


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