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Thant, U

Born: 1909 AD
Died: 1974 AD

1909 – Born at Pantanaw on the 22nd of January.

1948 – He asked Thant to join him in Rangoon and appointed him as Director of Broadcasting.

1951-1957 – Thant was Secretary to the Prime Minister, writing speeches for U Nu, arranging his foreign travel, and meeting foreign visitors.

1955 – He also took part in a number of international conferences and was the secretary of the first Asian-African summit at Bandung, Indonesia which gave birth to the Non-Aligned Movement.

1961 – Serving as Acting Secretary-General on the 3rd of November, when he was unanimously appointed by the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Security Council, to fill the unexpired term of Dag Hammarskjöld.

         –  He was appointed, the Soviet Union had tried to insist on a troika formula of three Secretaries-General, one representing each Cold War bloc, something which would have maintained equality in the United Nations between the superpowers.

1962 – He was then unanimously appointed Secretary-General by the General Assembly on the 30th of November for a term of office ending on the 3rd of November.

1966 – U Thant was re-appointed for a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations by the General Assembly on the 2nd of December  on the unanimous recommendation of the Security Council.

1967 – He was widely criticized in the US and Israel for agreeing to pull out UN troops in the Sinai in response to a request from Egyptian President Nasser.

1971 – On the 23rd of January, U Thant categorically announced that he would "under no circumstances" be available for a third term as Secretary-General.

1971 – His term of office continued on the 31st of  December, when he retired.

1974 – Died of lung cancer in New York on the 25th of November.