U THANT - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 88781
Sale Price $108.00
Secretary General of the United Nations' signature in blue ink
Signature: "[official signature]/(U Thant)", 6x3½ card. U Thant (1909-1974), Burma's permanent representative to the U.N. (1957-1961), served as the third Secretary General of the United Nations from 1961-1971. During his time as Secretary General, U Thant played a major diplomatic role during the Cuban crisis, helping facilitate negotiations between U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. He was also notable for helping the entry of several African and Asian states, and for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa. Dying of lung cancer three years after retiring from his Secretary General position, his death was largely ignored by the Burmese government due to the president's hatred and jealousy of Thant. Originally intended to be buried in a regular cemetery, Thant's body was eventually taken by students and buried in the former grounds of Rangoon University, his graduating college, before being taken away by the government and finally laid to rest. Fine condition.
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