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Regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979  (detail)
On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants took over 60 Americans hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Dated November 6, 1979, this letter was written by President Jimmy Carter in the early days of the hostage crisis. President Carter’s efforts, which included a failed military rescue mission, were ultimately fruitless, and the hostages were not released until January 20, 1981–moments after Carter officially turned the Presidency over to Ronald Reagan.

Read more about Iranian Hostage Crisis from the Carter Library…

Today’s Document from the National Archives

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