On this date in 1979, Iranian Islamists invaded the US Embassy in Tehran taking hostage 66 US Diplomats. 52 of those would be held hostage for 444 days, until Iran became concerned that the new US President would do more than talk.
Left: Iranian militants, including Mahmood Ahdiminijihadist, current Iranian President, circled, escort a blindfolded U.S. hostage to the media. Iran-U.S. Hostage Crisis(1979-1981)
While the Embassy Invasion marked the end of diplomatic relations with a once strong ally that had hosted Allied Leaders in World War II, it was the culmination of bad US policies that sent Iran (from Aryan), formerly Persia, from a respected Nation into a tyranical islamist exporter of terrorism.
"We should have shut down the embassy after February 14th. And said to the Iranians 'When you want us back, we will be back," Acting US Ambassador Barry Rosen referring to the first attempt on the US Embassy.
"We are still worried about the Soviets. We had listening posts in the embassy. That to the administration was more important than bilateral relations or the bodies [the embassy personnel] that were in Tehran,"
Khomeni promised the dissidents democracy while usurping the leaders of democracy. Once he attained power, those desiring democracy were squashed. He sent "students" to invade the US Embassy. The Iranian security forces assigned to protecting embassies made no effort to do so.
"One young man, looking rather ferocious at that time, started to kick, to kick the door down," he says, "This person said to me in a loud voice, in Farsi, "You are under arrest! You are a member of the nest of spies! You are going to come with me!" US Embassy Press Attache Barry Rosen
During the next 444 days, the US President would prove inept at Diplomatic and Military attempts to free the hostages. His insistence on direct command and control and shared glory across services would lead to catastrophe in Desert One, while his agreeing to outrageous demands of the new tyrant, the Ayatollah, would embarass the United States over and over again.