What was the significance/success/failures of the Iranian Hostage Crisis?
The hostage crisis of November 4th 1979 to January 20th 1981
- Tim DLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Iranian revolutionaries took over the US embassy, holding its personnel captive and precipitatring a crisis, to help consolidate their new regime. Around May 1980 a US rescue mission failed due to the malfunctioning of a chopper. That may have cost Carter reelection. Reagan won, and, perhaps fearing tougher US action, the Iranians released their captives around the time of his inauguration.