OLD NEWS: The Iranian Revolution - On January 16, 1979, in the face of increasing civil unrest in Iran and anger towards the monarchy, the Shah fled the country, paving the way for the return of exiled religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. Khomeini and his forces would soon overthrow the secular government, establishing the current Islamic Republic and beginning a period of tension with America that endures to this day.
OLD NEWS: Life in Iran under the Shah - Relations between the United States and Iran weren’t always so tense. In 1953, Iran’s ruler, the Shah, was sent into exile, but with the help of the U.S. he reestablished power after just a week, controlling almost every facet of life in the major oil producing country for the next 25 years. His rule was marred by a soaring cost of living and brutality by the Secret Police.
Iran Hostage Crisis 1979 (ABC News Report From 11/11/1979) - The U.S. embassy in Tehran was stormed by students, protestors on November 4, 1979, trapping and holding dozens of people inside.
Iran Hostage Crisis 1979 (ABC News Report From 12/3/1979) - 30 days into the hostage crisis, U.S. tries to get the shah out of America.
Iran Hostage Crisis: Release of 52 Hostages in 1981 (ABC News Report From 1/20/1981) - During the power exchange from President Jimmy Carter to President Ronald Reagan, Iran releases 52 American hostages.