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In pictures: Iran hostage crisis
Charred remains

Eight US personnel lost their lives in in a fire that lit up the night sky.

Some of their charred bodies were taken through the streets of Tehran during massive protests. Secret operational documents were also discovered in the wreckage and put on display for the international media.

And to avert any other rescue efforts, the student hostage-takers at the embassy split up their captives and spread them around Iran.

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