On this day: January 20

POSTED: 06:54 PM PST Jan 05, 2014    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 19, 2016 

FDR is inaugurated for an unprecedented fourth time, Elvis is promoted to sergeant, "Meet The Beatles!" hits record stores, and Iran releases the American hostages, all on this day.

OTD January 20 - Iran hostages
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Department of Defense

1981: At the moment President Ronald Reagan completes his inaugural address, Iran releases the 52 Americans who had been held hostage for 444 days. Here the hostages are seen disembarking at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon their return to the United States on Jan. 27.


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