The voice came over the Algerian plane's speaker: "You are now leaving Iranian air space!" What a cheer went up from the American hostages on the plane! This was the moment for which we had waited 444 days. Now we knew we were really free! Even though we had been told by the Iranian terrorists that we were being set free, I'm sure all of the hostages didn't really feel that we were on our way to freedom until we actually were out of Iran. So much still could go wrong in the process of obtaining our freedom...but the confirmation that we were actually out of Iran and the Ayatollah Khomeini's jurisdiction made us finally realize that our ordeal was over! What a magnificent feeling! We were on our way at last! We were going home!
April 25, 1980 A US military operation to free the hostages is aborted.
April 28, 1980 Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance resigns.
July 27, 1980 The Shah dies in Cairo.
Sept 12, 1980 Ayatollah Khomeini lists four conditions for the hostages' release: return of the Shah's wealth, cancellation of American claims, unfreezing of Iranian assets in American banks, and a promise not to interfere in Iran's affairs. (A prior demand for an official U.S. apology was conspicuously absent.)
Sept 22, 1980 Border hostilities between Iraq and Iran turn into war.
Nov 2, 1980 The Iranian Parliament votes to release the hostages if the United States accepts the four conditions set down by Ayatollah Khomeini.
Nov 4, 1980 Ronald Reagan is elected President.
Nov 10, 1980 The US delivers to Algeria its response to Iran's four conditions. Negotiations continue.
Jan 8, 1981 Deputy Secretary of State Christopher flies to Algiers to clarify points raised by Iran.
Jan 18, 1981 Iran accepts the agreement and final details are worked out.
Jan 19, 1981 Financial complications delay the release of the hostages.
Jan 20, 1981 Hostages are released as Ronald Reagan becomes President
Map of where the hostage took place This is a map of where the hostage took place. The main place that was affected by this hostage crises was Saudi Arabia