News of the day for January 21, 1981 - news on the American Hostages released after 444 days, news on reactions from Carter and Reagan. First full day of Reagan Presidency.
January 21, 2011

Hostage arrival at Wiesbaden, Germany - timing, it would appear, is everything and then some.

On this January 21st in 1981, the news was all about the release and arrival on neutral ground of the fifty American hostages held in Tehran for 444 days. Bittersweet for the former Carter administration, where one aide was overheard to remark the timing was suspicious. But the odyssey was over and the time for finger pointing would happen soon enough. It was also President Reagan's first full day in office, with swearing in ceremonies for members of his Cabinet.

But the news was all about the hostages, now former-hostages - family reactions, interviews with former hostages (including an interview with early released hostage Richard Queen) and comments.

Here, starting off with the CBS World News Roundup for that morning, followed by the 8:00 (PST) hourly news and Newsbreak with Charles Osgood.

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