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Sun Jan 20, 2019, 10:35 AM

This day in history January 20, 1981

Fifty-two American hostages were released from Iran

On January 20, Iran released fifty-two American hostages after 444 days of imprisonment. The United States tried to rescue them in the April 1980 Operation Eagle Claw, but the operation failed when two U.S. helicopters collided, killing eight military members. The hostages were released minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president. Reagan refrained from commenting on the situation during his inaugural speech to ensure that the Americans had left Iranian air space and were secure and safe. (The History Channel)

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Response to oflguy (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 10:41 AM

1. Fear of a strong leader led to their release. Iranian bravery lasted only so long as

weak Carter was president.

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Response to Da Mannn (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 11:03 AM

2. Poor Jimmah

He got no respect

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Response to Da Mannn (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 11:15 AM

3. Sure haven't heard of any US Navy personnel being taken hostage by Iran's naval guard lately....

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