I vividly remember this day and all of the days leading up to it - the very long 444 days that this country seethed with anger at the taking of our Embassy and holding Americans hostage. The release came shortly after the Inaguration of President Ronald Reagan. President Jimmy Carter had spent over a year trying to secure the release of the hostages. Final payments were made and the hostages were released after Carter was no longer President. The 52 hostages were at long last free. The country sighed a collective sigh of relief. Looking back, we never would have predicited that it was only the beginning... As Bruce Laingan said, "My God, it began with us."
The Iran Hostage Crisis
America's Incredible Day, Time Magazine