1981 – Iran Hostage Crisis Ends
November 4, 1979 : 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage after a group of Iranian students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
The hostages were formally released into United States custody the day after the signing of the Algiers Accords, just minutes after the new American president, Ronald Reagan, was sworn into office on January 20, 1981. The hostages spent a total of 444 days in captivity. That’s 1 year, 2 months, 2 weeks and 2 days.