End of Iran Hostage Crisis: 'Nightline' Reports as Americans Are Freed

Ted Koppel anchors coverage of the end of the Iran crisis when the American hostages were finally freed after 444 days.
1:53 | 01/20/16

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There are times and that there was one of those times when television approaches the truly magical when it becomes the sort of instrument that fifty or sixty years ago would have been regarded as super natural. Consider what we've all seen today whom we've heard and where we've been. If you were there at the inauguration of President Reagan for example you saw him from only one angle in only one location. That I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States if you were at home watching television so on church. Blair house riding up Pennsylvania Avenue and down Pennsylvania Avenue. And throughout it all you were in Germany 52 Americans are going to get directly onto buses to go to Wiesbaden hospital. Algiers. The Americans took their first steps to freedom. Solve a hostage to an instant they disembark and here's a moment that they landed her thank you in the bottom of my heart and all of you saw as it was left. This has been without question one of the more memorable days in our nation's history. And television. Much maligned television which frequently does numb the brain and go licences. Today produced a technological mirror. Never has any generation of Americans at greater reason to claim they were eyewitnesses to history. The people who devised televisions unbelievable technology. Deserve something we have seen preparations made to turn to. And captivity and treat this as Ted Koppel in Washington for all of answered ABC news.

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