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"Stop" or I'll yell "stop" again...

On Nov 4th, 1979, Iranian student militants stormed the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran taking over 90 hostages. The students wanted the Shah, then living in exile, to be returned to Iran for trial. Many were released soon after but fifty-four US embassy staff were held in captivity for 444 days, eventually being released in 1981, on January 21st, at the moment of President Reagan's inauguration.