(November 12, 1979 - Getting a bit testy all around)
As the hostage drama continued to unfold (still at over 60 sitting in the Embassy in Tehran), Jimmy Carter started imposing sanctions on the Iranians, to not much success.
Jimmy Carter: “I am ordering that we discontinue purchasing of any oil from Iran for delivery to this country."
Making matters worse, demonstrations were popping up at college campuses all over, especially in Los Angeles, where Iranian students demonstrated in support of the hostage takers and the anti-Iranian crowd started making their presence felt.
All in all, it was clearly not going to be solved any time soon, and situations only made a bad situation worse.
And there was that added bonus of Ronald Reagan declaring his candidacy for President - to be official the next day.
Interesting coincidence, that.
Here is an excerpt of the day, as heard over KNX in Los Angeles
News of the day for January 12, 1980 - Hostage Drama in Tehran enters Week 11. UN vote on Sanctions against Iran is postponed, due to hint Iran may soften demands on US. Crackdown on opposition in Iran with mass execution of supporters of Ayatollah Shariatmadari in Tabriz. Canada hints at willingness to offer Montreal Olympic site as alternative to Moscow. Rhodesia readies for first legitimate Majority Rule elections. Relations between Rhodesia and Mozambique improve. Illinois legislature approves financial bailout for bankrupt Chicago schools and Ted Kennedy is reported to be running 25 points behind Carter in upcoming Iowa Caucuses. Read more...
March 12, 1979 - Carter meeting with Begin over Middle East Peace Process. Violence in West Bank. Anti-Carter riots. Energy Crisis looming. Arab Oil. Women demonstrate in Tehran over new dress code. John Stennis calls for Balanced Budget Amendment to Constitution. Howard Baker and Bob Dole call for investigation of Carter Family peanut business. Billy Carter under investigation by FBI for juggling books. Read more...
News of the day for December 27, 1979 - Jimmy Carter getting personally involved with Iran sanctions, just two votes shy in UN. Clergymen who visited hostages say they're okay. Soviet News agency Tass reports coup in Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. has right to check Iranian student visas and deport. and Living standards expected to go down in the 1980's. Read more...