Thursday, June 10, 2004

Newsday.com - Student Briefing Page

Newsday.com - Student Briefing Page: "More history about Iran
BY RAMIN GANESHRAM

June 9, 2004
Once known largely to Westerners as the home of handmade carpets, caviar, pistachios and oil, Iran entertained a large tourist industry and sophisticated diplomatic community prior to the Islamic revolution.

Iranian students stormed the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979 as a way of opposing what they felt was undue American influence on Iranian domestic policy and took American hostages. Iran then became synonymous to many Americans with terrorism and extremism. The hostages were released from their 444-day ordeal on Jan. 20, 1981."

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