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Day 24: November 27, 1979 (03:10)


The American people come together behind President Carter during the Iran Hostage Crisis. He does not regret allowing the Shah into the U.S. (Credits)

U.S. Embassy (06:27)

The mental and physical status of the hostages remains unknown to the public. Former hostages discuss their survival tactics. Approximately 80,000 Iranians demonstrate outside the embassy; news reports reveal hostility. Iranian and anti-Iranian demonstrations occur in the U.S.

Diplomacy vs. Hatred (03:35)

President Carter tries a moderate approach to obtaining the hostages' freedom. He sends intermediaries to Tehran but Ayatollah Khomeini refuses to negotiate. Carter freezes Iranian assets.

Day 47: December 20, 1979 (06:50)

Paul Lewis' parents speak about his capture. Student activists organize a televised Christmas celebration for the hostages. Massoumeh Ebtekar reads a message from Khomeini that includes the students' viewpoints, angering hostages; the hostage takers punish Paul Lewis and Michael Metrinko for their behavior.

Televised Foreign Policy Crisis (02:42)

Elaine Sciolino describes the scene outside the U.S. embassy; the American press circulates in the crowds. The hostage crisis generates a new American nationalism.

Day 59: January 1, 1980 (04:46)

Ted Koppel covers the Iran Hostage Crisis on a nightly basis. "Nightline" airs live interviews and has a significant impact on the American public. President Carter faces increased pressure.

Day 81: January 23, 1980 (04:45)

During the State of the Union Address, President Carter vows not to yield to blackmail and to retaliate if the hostages endure harm. Experts discuss Carter's admittance of the Shah and Project Eagle.

Day 90: February 1, 1980 (05:32)

After the embassy takeover in Iran, the U.S. sends the Shah to convalesce in Panama; Iran demands his extradition. Panamanians begin protesting the Shah's presence; Hamilton Jordan secretly speaks with the Iranians. The Shah travels to Egypt.

American Hostages (05:33)

Ebtekar declares the hostages will go on trial under Islamic law if the Shah does not return to Iran and die if an attack on the embassy occurs. Former hostages refute claims they were treated as guests. Mohammad Naeemipour states that abuse claims are lies.

Day 144: March 26, 1980 (04:40)

The families of the hostages go public and meet with President Carter. Carter sends a message to the hostages. Ronald Reagan campaigns for president, conveying strength.

Day 173: April 24, 1980 (10:43)

Experts outline Operation Eagle Claw and its failure. A helicopter crashes into a C-130, killing eight Americans. The troops must evacuate, leaving behind their remains. Iranian film crews exploit the incident. The hostage takers issue a warning and transport the Americans to a new location.

Credits: Part 3: The Sandstorm (Hostages) (01:02)

Credits: Part 3: The Sandstorm (Hostages)

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With 1980 fast approaching, and the crisis nowhere near ending, the situation takes on a life of its own in American and Iranian media. After diplomatic efforts to secure the hostages’ release fail, and their fates become more dire, President Carter launches a rescue operation – with disastrous results.

Length: 61 minutes

Item#: BVL283443

Copyright date: ©2022

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