David Roeder shouts and waves as he and others exit an airplane

Diplomacy Classroom: The Iran Hostages’ Homecoming

1:00 pm


In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Iran Hostages’ release, Diplomacy Classroom welcomed NMAD Collections Manager Eric Duyck to share the story and significance behind some of the artifacts in our collection from the Iran Hostage Crisis.

The Iran Hostage Crisis began on November 4, 1979, when 52 Americans were detained by Iranian militants who stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. They were released on January 20, 1981, for a total of 444 days in captivity. Upon their release, the hostages traveled from Iraq to Germany and then home to America via Ireland. Through a number of artifacts, Eric detailed this journey and the public reception of the hostages throughout, highlighting the symbol of the yellow ribbon and its significance.

Explore the highlights of the homecoming through the timestamps

  • What was the Iran Hostage Crisis? 3:30
  • Where did the hostages go upon their release? 13:48
  • What does the yellow ribbon symbolize? 18:39
  • When did the hostages get to the United States? 24:37
  • How were they welcomed back by the American public? 31:42

Watch Diplomacy Classroom: The Iran Hostages’ Homecoming below