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United Nations in History (Part 2)

International Organisations: ASEAN - Commonwealth - European Union - IMF - League of Nations - NATO - OPEC - Warsaw Pact - World Bank

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 288

  • 1970-03-17 US casts their 1st UN Security Council veto (Support England)
  • 1970-11-20 UN General Assembly accepts membership of People's Republic of China
  • 1970-12-05 Premiere of Dario Fo's Morte accidentale di un anarchico

Historic Event

1971-02-26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day

  • 1971-04-03 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in Dublin
  • 1971-08-25 Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party Gerry Fitt presents a number of allegations of brutality by the security forces in Northern Ireland to representatives of the United Nations
  • 1971-10-25 General Meeting of UN agrees to admit People's Republic of China
  • 1971-10-25 United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People's Republic of China
  • 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

Historic Event

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
  • 1974-11-12 South Africa suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies
  • 1974-11-22 UN General Assembly recognizes Palestine right to sovereignty

Historic Event

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

  • 1975-11-10 UN General Assembly approves resolution equating Zionism with racism
  • 1976-01-12 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organization
  • 1976-06-23 The U.S. vetoes Angola’s application for membership of the United Nations Security
  • 1976-07-09 Uganda asks UN to condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe - it does not

Murder of Interest

1976-08-18 Korean axe murder incident: 2 US soldiers tasked with cutting down a poplar tree blocking the view of UN observers are killed by North Koreans claiming it was planted by Kim Il-sung in the Korean Demilitarized Zone

  • 1976-08-21 "Operation Paul Bunyan" begins in retaliation for the "Korean axe murder incident" 3 days prior. 110 troops, 27 helicopters, 3 B-52 bombers are deployed to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to cut down a poplar blocking the view of UN observers
  • 1976-11-09 UN General Assembly condemns apartheid in South Africa
  • 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
  • 1976-12-21 UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child
  • 1977-06-10 International Labour Organisation and United Nations meet to discuss apartheid in South Africa and potential actions to prevent further violence and state repression.
  • 1977-11-04 UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1979-08-15 Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations
  • 1979-08-31 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as US UN ambassador

Historic Event

1980-06-13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela

  • 1980-08-20 UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jerusalem is its capital
  • 1980-11-20 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad
  • 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.
  • 1981-12-11 UN Security Council chooses Javier Pérez de Cuélla of Peru as the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Historic Event

1982-01-01 Peru's Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • 1982-04-03 UN Security Council demanded Argentina withdraw from Falkland Islands

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

1982-10-16 Secretary of State George P. Shultz warns the US will withdraw from the 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
  • 1985-12-18 UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
  • 1986-09-09 NYC jury indicts Soviet United Nations employee Gennadly Zakharov of spying
  • 1988-11-30 UN General Assembly (151-2) censures US for refusing PLO's Arafat visa
  • 1988-12-13 Yasser Arafat addresses UN in Geneva
  • 1990-06-22 Nelson Mandela addresses the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in New York, saying that nothing has occurred in South Africa to reverse the ANC's position
  • 1990-08-06 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • 1990-08-25 UN security council authorizes military action against Iraq
  • 1990-09-18 Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 1990-09-25 UN Security Council vote 14-1 to impose air embargo against Iraq
  • 1990-09-27 Deposed emir of Kuwait address UN General Assembly

Historic Event

1990-11-21 French President François Mitterrand voices support for a proposed UN resolution that would authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf

  • 1990-11-26 US proposes addition to UN resolution that would require Iraq's withdrawal from Kuwait by January 1
  • 1990-11-29 UN Security Council approves US-sponsored resolution authorizing the use of force in the Persian Gulf if Iraq does not withdrawal from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991
  • 1991-03-21 UN Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq
  • 1991-04-03 UN Security Council adopts Gulf War truce resolution
  • 1991-04-11 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration

Historic Event

1992-01-01 Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt begins his term as the 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • 1992-03-02 Moldova joins the United Nations.
  • 1992-03-31 UN Security Council voted to ban flights & arms sales to Libya
  • 1992-06-04 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is signed in New York
  • 1992-06-30 South African ANC President Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar
  • 1992-07-15 The Security Council of the UN examine violence in South Africa
  • 1992-09-19 UN Security Council votes 12-0 (3 abstentions) to dump Yugoslavia
  • 1992-12-03 UN Security Council votes unanimous for US led forces to enter Somalia
  • 1993-06-23 United Nations authorizes worldwide oil embargo against Haiti
  • 1994-03-21 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enters into force after being ratified by the required number of nations
  • 1994-06-23 South Africa reclaims its seat in United Nations
  • 1994-06-23 Opération Turquoise: 2,500 French troops head into Rwanda to protect civilians under the mandate of the United Nations
  • 1995-07-11 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men are massacred when Bosnian Serbs overrun the UN 'safe haven' of Srebrenica
  • 1996-01-17 Iraq agrees to talks concerning a UN plan to allow for the Iraqi sale of $1 billion of oil; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • 1996-04-18 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.
  • 1996-04-24 The UN and Iraq end a third round of negotiations over Iraq's possible sale of $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period
  • 1996-07-18 The UN approves an Iraqi aid distribution plan, a major step forward in the direction of allowing Iraq to sell oil under Resolution 986
  • 1996-09-05 Following US cruise missile strikes on Iraq, crude oil prices rise as the market speculates when Iraq will begin exporting oil under UN Resolution 986

Treaty of Interest

1996-09-24 US President Bill Clinton signs the "Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty" at the United Nations

  • 1996-12-10 Rwandan Genocide: Maurice Baril military advisor to the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations recommends the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down

Election of Interest

1996-12-13 Kofi Annan is elected Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • 1996-12-26 The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification goes into force
  • 1996-12-30 United Nations announces that a total of 21 contracts have been approved for the limited Iraqi oil sales under Resolution 986
  • 1997-06-04 UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • 1997-08-08 The UN approves a sale-price formula for Iraqi crude oil sales under the oil-for-food plan
  • 1997-09-12 The UN passes a resolution allowing Iraq to reach the $2.14 billion oil sales limit under its oil-for-food program

United Nations

1997-09-18 Ted Turner gives $1 billion to the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation

  • 1997-10-29 Iraq's Revolution Command Council announces that it will no longer allow US citizens and US aircraft to serve with UN arms inspection teams
  • 1997-11-20 Iraq's Revolution Command Council formally endorses an agreement, arranged by Russia, that enables UN weapons inspection teams to resume operations in Iraq
  • 1997-12-04 Nizar Hamdoon warns that Iraq will not allow oil to flow during a third six-month phase of the UN's oil-for-food sale until the UN approves an aid distribution plan
  • 1997-12-11 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases


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

  • 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.
  • 2001-07-02 UN Security Council, facing an almost certain Russian veto, agrees to postpone indefinitely a vote on the US-led "smart sanctions" package for Iraq
  • 2001-07-11 Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution

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