Monday, September 18, 1961: Dag Hammarskjöld dies

A plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) kills the secretary-general of the United Nations. He was on a mission to work out a cease-fire between U.N. forces and insurgents in the Katanga region of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Speculation quickly surfaces that his death was no accident.

* Short biography (from United Nations website): @
* Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation: @
* Website about Hammarskjöld: @
* President Kennedy's speech to General Assembly (September 25, text and audio): @
* Newsreel of Kennedy's speech: @
* Newsreel of Hammarskjöld's death: @
* Newsreel of funeral: @
* United Nations report on plane crash (April 24 1962; click on "English"): @
* "Evidence suggests UN chief's plane was shot down" (The Guardian, August 17, 2011): @
* More about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including history (from Library of Congress): @

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