Friday, January 9, 2009

On January 9

On this day in ...
... 1961, Emily Greene Balch died at a nursing home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 94 years + 1 day after she'd been born into an affluent family in Boston. Her New York Times obituary succinctly told the life story of this American academic/activist/social worker/economist:
Miss Balch lost her college teaching job because she was an outspoken pacifist.
Some years later she won the Nobel Peace Prize for the same reason.

Balch (above right), whose biography marking her 1946 Nobel is here, is the transnational foremother of IntLawGrrls' guest/alumna Chimène Keitner. Balch's IntLawGrrls profile is here. (photo credit)
... 1951, the New York Times reported:

The United Nations today opened the press headquarters at its international enclave on the East River. Simultaneously correspondents filed their first dispatches under the dateline 'United Nations, N.Y.'
Reporters were expected to divide their time between the new building and Lake Success, where U.N. sessions were expected to continue pending full opening of the Manhattan headquarters (left), set for July 1 of the same year.

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