ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
January 19, 1981
United States and Iranian Officials Sign
Agreement to End Hostage Crisis
On this day in 1981, U.S. and Iranian officials signed an agreement to bring home the 52 hostages that had been
held for 444 days. Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president the same day.
After failing to negotiate a release, on April 24, 1980 the U.S. military attempted a rescue operation which
resulted in the crash of a RH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter and a C-130 Hercules transport. Eight American servicemen
died in the attempt.