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October 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Steve Durham


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On November 4 1979, President Jimmy Carter found himself facing a humiliating crisis that would soon grow into a huge political problem, as 300 radical students, calling themselves Imam's Disciples in reverence to Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran.

Swarming over the walls and climbing the gates, the students poured into the acres of grounds of the Embassy in central Tehran, rounding up 66 American hostages - men, women, Marines, consular staff, whoever they could find. The event quickly became the top news story for all the news organizations in the US as the crowds outside the Embassy burned the stars and stripes and shouted "Die America".

Eventually some of the hostages were released but the remaining 52 hostages were soon paraded blindfolded before the world's television cameras as the American public stood back and watched helplessly.

Today's photo is of Steve Durham in the 1979 Peach Bowl with the towel that says "Free USA Hostages" as the players show their support for the 52 American hostages taken captive in Iran.

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