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  • 11/5/2006

Iran marks the seizure of ex-US embassy in Tehran (1979)

On November 4, 1979, between 300 and 400 Islamist students stormed the embassy compound by climbing over the walls, and seized the embassy.

After a brief resistance by several US Marine guards the students took 52 US staff members hostage and held them for a total of 444 days, leading to the end of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1980.

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