The Iran Hostage Crisis, 31 Years Later — PICTURES

Jan. 19, 2012, 3:32 p.m.

Jan. 20 marks the 31-year an­niversary of the re­lease of host­ages from Ir­an. Fifty-two Amer­ic­ans were held for 444 days in the Amer­ic­an Em­bassy in Tehran, in one of the most sig­ni­fic­ant flash points in the long, tu­mul­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship between the two coun­tries.