Dag Hammarskjöld

Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld

Profession: Secretary-General of the United Nations


Biography: Served as the second Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961 and was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961.

Born: July 29, 1905
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo

Died: September 18, 1961 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: An airplane crash while on diplomatic mission in Africa

Historical Events

  • 1953-03-31 UN Security Council nominates Dag Hammarskjöld for Secretary-General
  • 1953-04-07 UN General Assembly begins session that will elect Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden as Secretary-General
  • 1953-04-10 Dag Hammarskjöld becomes the 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 1956-11-07 Suez Crisis ends with a ceasefire as the United Nations Emergency Force is established at instigation of Canadian diplomat Lester B. Pearson and UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld
  • 1957-09-26 Dag Hammarskjöld re-elected secretary-general of UN
  • 1961-09-18 Transair Sweden DC-6 passenger aircraft chartered by the United Nations for transit to cease-fire negotiations during the Congo Crisis, crashed near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (present-day Zambia), killing 16, including UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, and 15 others; official inquiries never determined the cause
  • 1961-11-03 UN General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant as acting Secretary-General after the death of Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash
  • 1998-08-19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden

Quotes by Dag Hammarskjöld

  • "Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions."

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