Ralph Bunche

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche

Profession: Diplomat and Nobel Laureate

United States of America

Biography: Received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Palestine, making him the first African American and person of color to be so honored in the history of the prize. He was involved in the formation and administration of the United Nations, and was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy.

Born: August 7, 1904
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

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

Died: December 9, 1971 (aged 67)

Married Life

  • 1930-06-23 Diplomat Ralph Bunche (25) weds Ruth Harris

Historical Events

  • 1944-01-04 Ralph Bunche appointed 1st African American official in US State Department
  • 1948-09-18 Ralph Bunche confirmed as acting UN mediator in Palestine
  • 1950-09-23 Nobel peace prize awarded to Ralph Bunche for mediation in Israel - 1st African American winner
  • 1950-12-10 Ralph Bunche (1st black American) presented the Nobel Peace Prize for mediation in Israel
  • 1954-08-19 American Ralph Bunche named undersecretary of the UN
  • 1963-12-06 President Lyndon B. Johnson confers Presidential Medal of Freedom on 31 recipients selected by JFK, including: contralto Marian Anderson; diplomat Ralph Bunche; cellist Pablo Casals; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; labor leader George Meaney; architect Mies van der Rohe; pianist Rudolf Serkin; writers E.B. White and Thorton Wilder; and painter Andrew Wyeth; as well as posthumously to JFK himself, and Pope John XXIII

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