For those of us who were paying attention at the time today's "on this date" entry in the New York Times evokes the bankruptcy of nation-states' callousness. "On Jan. 20, 1981, Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan."
I guess the timing was propitious for the "acting president" whose ineptitude has been buried by an avalanche of revisionism. But at least Bro. Carter outlasted him!