Today in United Nations History
Events 1 - 100 of 124
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
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
1945-08-08 - President Harry Truman signs the United Nations Charter
1945-10-24 - Charter of United Nations comes into effect
33rd US President Harry Truman 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)
Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations 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
WW2 General Douglas MacArthur 1950-07-08 - Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea
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
Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro 1960-09-26 - Longest speech in UN history (4 hrs, 29 mins, by Fidel Castro)
1960-10-12 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bangs his shoe on his desk at UN General Assembly session
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
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev 1964-06-30 - Last UN troops leave Congo
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.
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
Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara 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
1975-11-10 - PLO leader Yasser Arafat addresses UN in NYC
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.
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1982-06-17 - US President Reagan's 1st UN General Assembly address "We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament."
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.
42nd US President Bill Clinton 1996-09-24 - U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
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.
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden 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.
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.
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.
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic 2002-09-27 - Timor-Leste (East Timor) joins the United Nations.
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".
2002-11-13 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441.
Birthdays 1 - 20 of 20
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
Weddings 1 - 3 of 3
47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden (1977-06-17)
1977-06-17 - Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City
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
Deaths 1 - 12 of 12
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
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche (1971-12-09) 1971-12-09 - Ralph Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67
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)