The Iranian hostage crisis begins
In 1979 a cataclysmic revolution shook Iran, creating the world's first Islamic republic and altering the balance of power in the Middle East. With the widely despised Shah of Iran forced into exile, spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini returned to oversee the country's transformation. But peace was still elusive as student protesters overwhelmed the United States embassy in Tehran, taking hostages and launching a diplomatic crisis. CBC Digital Archives presents a series of clips about revolutionary Iran.
Program: Sunday Morning
Broadcast Date: Nov. 11, 1979
Host: Bronwyn Drainie
Reporter: Robert Fisk
Photo: AP Photo
Last updated: September 12, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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The widely despised Iranian leader flees in the wake of the 1979 Islam...
Following the return of the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, Iranians vote t...
Student protesters storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking over 60 Am...
Ken Taylor, Canada's ambassador to Iran, also describes meeting with a...
The CBC looks back on the Ayatollah's impact as leader of Iran and ask...
Six Americans find refuge at Canadian Embassy during Iranian hostage c...
In 1979 a cataclysmic revolution shook Iran, creating the world's firs...