1979-11-04 Teheran, Iran / Dream On / Träum Weiter / Continue Sonhando / Sigue Soñando

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On November 4, 1979, Iranian activists storm the United States embassy in Tehran in retaliation for President Jimmy Carter giving the Shah asylum in the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution.

52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (1 year, 2 months, 2 weeks and 2 days) from November 4th, 1979, to January 20th, 1981. 6 American diplomats avoid capture and are sheltered in the home of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor.

The crisis reached a climax after diplomatic negotiations failed to win release for the hostages. On April 24th, 1980, the attempt, known as Operation Eagle Claw, failed, resulting in the accidental deaths of 8 American servicemen as well as the destruction of two helicopters.

The 6 American diplomats who had evaded capture were eventually rescued by a joint CIA-Canadian effort on January 27, 1980.

Every time I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by like dusk to dawn

Isn’t that the way?
Everybody’s got their dues in life to pay

Yeah, I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it’s everybody’s sin
You got to lose to know how to win

Half my life’s in books’ written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages
You know it’s true
All the things come back to you

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream yourself a dream come true
Dream on, dream on, dream on,
Dream until your dreams come true

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