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This Day in History - January 20
January 20, 1987 - Terry Waite becomes a hostage

Terry Waite, special envoy(特使)of Britain's Archbishop(大教主)of Canterbury(坎特伯雷), secured(赢得)the release(释放)of missionaries(传教士)detained(被拘留) in Iran after the Islamic revolution. He also extracted(努力救出) British hostages(人质)from Libya(利比亚)and even succeeded in releasing U.S. hostages from Lebanon(黎巴嫩)in 1985 and 1986. A total of 10 captives(被监禁的人)had been freed by Terry Waite's efforts before he himself was seized during a return mission to Beirut on January 20, 1987. His stay had coincided(刚好重合)with yet another flurry(一阵)of kidnappings(绑架). Some believed his extended absence might signal progress in his efforts to negotiate(谈判)for other hostages. But Britain's ambassador(大使)to Lebanon, John Graywas worried and with good reason. “If Terry Waite could not negotiate his own release, who could“?

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