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U Thant

Thant pictured in 1968
Personal data
Date of birth22 January 1909
Place of birthPantanaw, British Burma, British Raj
Date of death25 November 1974(age 65)
Place of deathNew York City, New York, United States
Resting placeTomb south of Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
NationalityBurmese
SpouseDaw Thein Tin
ReligionTheravada Buddhism
3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations
In office30 November 1961 - 31 December 1971
Succeeded byKurt Waldheim
Preceded byDag Hammarskjöld

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U Thant ( ; -myʔú θa̰ɴ; -enˌuː ˈθɑːnt; January 22, 1909 November 25, 1974) was a Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1961 to 1971. He was chosen for the post when his predecessor, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in September 1961.

"U" is an honorific in Burmese, roughly equal to "Mr". "Thant" was his only name. In Burmese he was known as Pantanaw U Thant, in reference to his home town of Pantanaw.


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