By: Mir M.Hosseini
During public uprising Shah fled the country. After the revolution U.S. was asked to return the dictator but the request was denied. He was reportedly under treatment for cancer and took a surgery in New York. On Nov, 4, 1979 a group of young people calling themselves Students in the path of Imam stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took all the staff hostage. The embassy staff reportedly tried to destroy classified documents by shredding and burning them.
The students read a statement that had been received from Ayatollah Montazeri, in which they quoted him as saying:
"The Iman said the Iranian nation must clean up its situation against the United States. This is like recognition of that message. U.S. must know it can't play with the feelings of the Iranian nation."
The U.S. embassy was named the Spy Den and 52 hostages were kept for 444 days and released on Jan, 21, 1981 the day Jimmy Carter was no more in White House.