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Kurt Waldheim

4th Secretary-General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim

Profession: 4th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Nationality:
Austria
Austrian

Why Famous: Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1972 and 1981.

Also became the 9th President of Austria between 1986 and 1992.

Born: December 21, 1918
Birthplace: Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: June 14, 2007 (aged 88)

Historical Events

  • 1971-12-21 UN Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th Secretary-General
  • 1971-12-22 UN General Assembly ratifies former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General
  • 1976-12-07 UN Security Council endorses Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General for second 5 year term
  • 1976-12-08 UN General Assembly re-elects Kurt Waldheim Secretary-General
  • 1986-06-08 Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected President of Austria
  • 1987-04-27 US Justice Department bars Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim from entering US, due to his aid of Nazi Germany during WW II
  • 1987-06-25 Pope John Paul II receives Austrian President Kurt Waldheim
  • 1988-02-29 Nazi document implicates Kurt Waldheim in WWII deportations
  • 1992-06-08 Thomas Klestil succeeds Kurt Waldheim as president of Austria

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