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  • 1942-10-07 US & British government announce establishment of United Nations
  • 1943-06-03 United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration forms
  • 1945-02-12 SF selected for site of UN Conference
  • 1945-04-25 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in SF

United Nations Charter

1945-07-06 Nicaragua becomes 1st nation to ratify the Charter of the United Nations

  • 1945-07-28 US Senate ratifies United Nations charter 89-2

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1945-08-08 President Harry Truman signs the United Nations Charter

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1945-10-24 Charter of United Nations comes into effect
  • 1945-11-05 Colombia joins the United Nations.
  • 1945-12-31 Ratification of United Nations Charter completed
  • 1946-01-17 United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • 1946-04-18 League of Nations dissolves (3 months after UN starts)
  • 1946-12-03 US government asks UN to order dictator Franco out of Spain
  • 1946-12-14 UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in NYC
  • 1947-07-08 Demolition begins for UN HQ in NYC
  • 1947-08-05 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
  • 1947-11-30 Day after UN decree for Israel, Jewish settlements attacked
  • 1948-09-14 Ground breaking ceremony for UN world headquarters
  • 1948-09-18 Ralph J Bunche confirmed as acting UN mediator in Palestine
  • 1949-03-04 Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel
  • 1949-10-04 United Nations' permanent NYC headquarters is dedicated
  • 1950-06-27 North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict

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1950-07-08 Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1950-09-01 13 North Korean divisions open assault on UN lines
  • 1950-09-15 During Korean conflict, UN forces land at Inchon in South Korea
  • 1953-04-07 Dag Hammarskjoeld of Sweden elected 2nd UN general-secretary
  • 1953-07-20 The United Nations Economic and Social Council votes to make UNICEF a permanent agency.
  • 1953-07-27 North Korea & UN sign armistice
  • 1954-08-07 Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
  • 1956-07-25 Jordan attacks UN Palestine force
  • 1956-11-02 Hungary appeals for UN assistance against Soviet invasion
  • 1958-01-13 9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban
  • 1960-06-15 Argentina complains to UN about Israeli illicit transfer of Eichmann
  • 1960-07-18 1st UN troops reach Congo

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1960-09-26 Longest speech in UN history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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1960-10-12 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN General Assembly session

First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1960-11-14 Belgium threatens to leave UN due to criticism on its policy on Congo
  • 1960-12-18 General Meeting of UN condemns apartheid
  • 1961-09-13 Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo
  • 1961-11-11 Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots
  • 1961-11-28 General Meeting of UN debates New-Guinea
  • 1961-11-30 USSR vetoes Kuwaits application for UN membership
  • 1962-10-23 Adlai Stevenson speaks at UN about Cuba crisis
  • 1962-10-25 110th member of UN admitted (Uganda)
  • 1962-11-30 U Thant of Burma elected 3rd Secretary-General of UN unanimously
  • 1963-05-14 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
  • 1964-06-30 Last UN troops leave Congo

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1964-12-11 Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1965-09-21 Singapore admitted as part of the United Nations.
  • 1965-11-17 General Meeting of UN refuses admittance of China PR
  • 1967-06-10 Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq & Egypt end "6-Day War" with UN help
  • 1968-04-24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • 1970-02-15 Nationalists disrupt UN session on Congo
  • 1970-03-17 US casts their 1st UN Security Council veto (Support England)
  • 1970-12-05 Premiere of Dario Fo's Morte accidentale di un anarchico.
  • 1971-02-26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1971-10-25 General Meeting of UN agrees to admit China PR
  • 1971-11-23 China People's Republic seated in UN Security Council
  • 1971-12-04 The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
  • 1973-07-21 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Atoll un the Pacific
  • 1974-11-12 South Africa suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies

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1975-11-10 PLO leader Yasser Arafat addresses UN in NYC

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1976-07-09 Uganda asks UN to condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe
  • 1979-08-15 Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations
  • 1979-08-31 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador
  • 1981-09-15 Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 1981-10-27 Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981-12-10 The United Nations General Assembly approves Pakistan's proposal for establishing nuclear free-zone in South Asia.

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1982-06-17 US President Reagan's 1st UN General Assembly address "We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament."

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1982-06-26 US vetos UN Security Council resolution for a limited withdrawal from Beirut of Israeli & Palestine Liberation Organization forces
  • 1982-10-16 Shultz warns US will withdraw from UN if they vote to exclude Israel
  • 1983-09-12 USSR vetoes UN resolution deploring its shooting down of Korean plane
  • 1985-02-04 20 countries (but not US) sign UN treaty outlawing torture
  • 1986-09-09 NYC jury indicts Gennadly Zakharov (Soviet UN employee) of spying
  • 1988-02-17 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • 1988-12-13 Arafat addresses UN in Geneva
  • 1990-09-18 Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 1990-09-27 Deposed emir of Kuwait address UN General Assembly
  • 1992-03-02 Moldova joins the United Nations.
  • 1996-04-18 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1996-09-24 U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1996-12-10 Rwandan Genocide: Military advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations Maurice Baril recommends that the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down.
  • 1996-12-13 Kofi Annan is elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • 1996-12-26 The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force.
  • 1998-10-31 Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • 1999-06-12 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 1999-09-14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • 1999-12-17 The United Nations General Assembly passes resolution 54/134 designating November 25 as the annual International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
  • 2000-01-14 A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 killing of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.
  • 2000-06-16 Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
  • 2001-05-29 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.

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2002-01-16 The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden

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2002-02-12 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2002-03-03 Citizens of Switzerland narrowly vote in favor of their country becoming a member of the United Nations.
  • 2002-04-29 The United States is re-elected to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, one year after losing the seat it had held for 50 years.
  • 2002-05-20 The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
  • 2002-09-10 Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations.
  • 2002-09-27 Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.

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2002-11-08 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council Resolution 1441 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences".

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 2002-11-13 Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1886-01-31 Alfonso Lopez, Colombia, statesman (Pres UN security council-1948)
  • 1887-02-26 Benegal Narsing Rau, India, pres of UN Security Council (1950)
  • 1893-02-06 Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, pres of UN General Assembly (1962-63)
  • 1896-07-16 Trygve Halvdan Lie, Norway, 1st UN secretary general (1946-52)
  • 1905-07-29 Dag Hammarskjoeld, Sweden, 2nd UN Sect-General (1953-61) (Nobel 1961)
  • 1908-05-23 Max Abramovitz, US architect (Lincoln Center, UN Building)
  • 1908-08-08 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
  • 1909-01-22 [Sithu] U Thant, Burma, 3rd UN sec-genl (1962-72)
  • 1915-05-29 Lord Huntingfield, British agent to UN Secreteriat
  • 1918-12-21 Kurt Waldheim, Nazi/4th UN Sec-Gen (1972-81)/Austrian pres (1986-92)
  • 1920-01-19 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Peruvian United Nations Secretary General
  • 1922-11-14 Boutros Boutros Ghali, Egyptian secretary-general of UN (1992- )
  • 1926-11-19 Jeane J Kirkpatrick, US ambassador to UN (R), born in Duncan, Oklahoma
  • 1928-06-28 Dr Hans Blix, Swedish head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission 2000-2003
  • 1932-03-12 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • 1942-02-01 Muna Wassef, Wassef is a well known Syrian/Arab movie star and a United Nations Goodwill ambassador.
  • 1947-02-09 Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor
  • 1956-03-09 Shashi Tharoor, Indian author & United Nations Under-Secretary General
  • 1960-02-23 Maria Gloria von Schoenberg-Glauchau, wife of prince Thurn un Taxis
  • 1961-07-15 Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1977-06-17 Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • 1996-03-24 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa
  • 2003-06-08 "The Sopranos" actor Dominic Chianese (72) weds United Nations conference planner Jane Pittson (56) in Manhattan

Famous Deaths

  • 1948-09-17 Count Folke Bernadotte, UN mediator for Palestine, assassinated
  • 1954-11-22 Andrej J Vysjinski, Russian UN ambassador, dies at 70
  • 1958-06-26 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
  • 1961-09-18 Dag Hammarskjoeld, UN Sect Gen, dies in an air crash over Congo at 56
  • 1968-12-30 Trygve Halvdan Lie, 1st UN sect-general (1946-53), dies at 72

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1971-12-09 Ralph Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 1974-11-25 [Sithu] U Thant, UN Sec-General (1961-72), dies in NY of cancer at 65
  • 1996-08-25 Erskine Childers, UN official/civil servant, dies at 67
  • 2001-09-05 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian UN statistician (b. 1912)
  • 2003-05-12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)
  • 2003-07-17 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • 2010-08-12 Guido de Marco, 6th president of Malta, 45th President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1931)