Sunday, January 20, 2019

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 20

January 20, 1981 – L. Bruce Laingen, who grew up in Odin, Watonwan County, Minn., was one of 52 hostages released from the American Embassy in Teheran on this date after being held by Islamic militants for 444 days. Laingen was serving as the chargé d’affaires (head of diplomatic mission) at the U. S. Embassy in Tehran.

Bruce Laingen, President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale 

Ambassador Bruce Laingen was wearing this suit and the tie when he was taken hostage at the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran, and wore them again on his journey home from Iran to the U. S. in 1981.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson at Minnesota Historical Society Exhibit.


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