The free-for-all that turned into a hot potato that turned into a bargaining chip that turned into an October Surprise.

America Held Hostage: Day 23 – November 27, 1979

The free-for-all that turned into a hot potato that turned into a bargaining chip that turned into an October Surprise.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for November 27, 1979

Shortly after the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, ABC News inaugurated a new late-night news show, Nightline whose tagline was “America Held Hostage: Day . . .(fill in the blanks)”. And that’s pretty much how it went, day after day for over 400 days.

But on this day in November in 1979, the hostage drama was still new and still unfolding. And the scramble for a diplomatic settlement went into fever pitch.

And that was the dominating news of the day. The reports, the reactions from Capitol Hill, the attempts at a quick settlement – and all the news in-between.

That’s what was happening on this day in November of 1979, as reported on the CBS World News Roundup and the 9:00 am CBS Radio Network News.

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