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Dag Hammarskjold

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Died when: 56 years 51 days (673 months)
Star Sign: Leo

 

Dag Hammarskjold

Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld (Swedish: [dɑːɡ ˈhamːarɧœld]; 29 July 1905 – 18 September 1961) was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author.

The second secretary-general of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961.

At the age of 56 years and 255 days, Hammarskjöld was the youngest to have held the post.He is one of only four people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize.

Hammarskjöld is the only UN secretary-general to die in office; he was killed in a Douglas DC-6 airplane crash en route to cease-fire negotiations.

Hammarskjöld has been referred to as the "best secretary general so far" and his appointment has been mentioned as the most notable success for the UN.

US president John F.Kennedy called Hammarskjöld "the greatest statesman of our century".


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