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date: 15 October 2019

Thant, U (b. Pantanaw, Burma, 22 Jan. 1907; d. New York City, 25 Nov. 1974) Secretary-General of the United Nations 1962–72 

Source:
A Dictionary of Contemporary World History
Author(s):

Christopher Riches,

Jan Palmowski

Born in the delta of the Irrawaddy River in Lower Burma under British rule, U Thant was educated at Rangoon University after winning a national translation competition as a high-school student. At the university he became an associate of a number of the leading student politicians of the period including the Burmese nationalist hero General ... ...

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