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The United Nations in 1961

Secretary General Dag Hammarskj÷ld and 15 others were killed when their airplane crashed near the border between Katanga and Northern Rhodesia on September 18. Hammarskj÷ld was on his way to a personal conference with the President of Katanga as part of his efforts to forge peace in the former Belgian Congo. On November 3, the General Assembly unanimously elected U Thant to succeed Hammarskj÷ld.

Mongi Slim, of Tunisia, takes his seat as the new President of the General Assembly, on September 20. Andrew Cordier, executive assistant to the Secretary General is at his left; the seat of the late Secretary General, at his right, is vacant.
Mongi Slim

Adlai Stevenson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, confers with advisers during a session of the General Assembly.
Adlai Stevenson

U.S. President John F. Kennedy discusses the Berlin crisis during a session of the General Assembly on September 25.
President Kennedy addressesly the General Assemb

African delegates confer outside the General Assembly on October 11 after hearing a speech by South African Foreign Minister Eric H. Louw. The delegates later voted to censure South Africa for the speech, whcih defended the country's racial policies.
African delegates

Soviet representative Semyon Tsarapkin challenges a ruling by chairman Mario Amadeo of Argentina during a meeting of the United Nations Political Committee on October 25.
Semon Tsarapkin

UN security guards remove demonstrators who had interrupted a Security Council debate concerning the Republic of the Congo to protest the slaying of former Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, on February 15.
Security Council demonstrators

See Also

In the Year 1961
Dag Hammarskj÷ld
U Thant
John F. Kennedy

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