Back in the Headlines: Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979

The Americans held hostage for 444 days are finally compensated for that ordeal.
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And tonight, a bit of closure for the American hostages held captive in Iran back in 1979. They are finally being compensated for their ordeal, which dominated the headlines after years of their legal claims being turned down by courts. They will finally be paid millions. Tonight, more than 30 years after those American hostages were paraded before the world, a measure of justice. The 53 Americans seized by an angry mob that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. Spend at least another night imprisoned in the American embassy. Reporter: They game international pawns. Their ordeal dragging on for more than a year. Rodney sick month was one of them. A 22-year-old marine serving as a security guard at the embassy. Being held hostage for 444 days of a bad nightmare. Each day, we woke up, we thought we were dead. Reporter: Finally, on the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in -- They won freedom for 52 Americans. Reporter: In all the years since, the former hostages fought for compensation, and it's finally come. They will each receive up to $4.4 million. That's $10,000 for every one of the 444 days they spent in captivity. Sick manncalls it justice. When he heard the news, he actually pulled over to the side of the road and cried.

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