Sunday, October 23, 2011

On October 23

On this day in ...
... 1946 (65 years ago today), U.S. President Harry S. Truman gave an address to the 1st-ever session of the U.N. General Assembly, in Flushing Meadows Park in the borough of Queens, in the Assembly Hall of what had served as the New York City Building during the 1939 World's Fair. (credit for photo made on this day of Truman, near centermost flag, welcoming delegates to the hall) His speech included these lines:

The course of history has made us one of the stronger nations of the world. It has therefore placed upon us special responsibilities to conserve our strength and to use it rightly in a world so interdependent as our world today.
The American people recognize these special responsibilities. We shall do our best to meet them, both in the making of the peace settlements and in the fulfillment of the long-range tasks of the United Nations.

(Full text of speech here; some audio clips available here.) The General Assembly would continue to meet at the Flushing Meadows site until 1950, when it moved to the Manhattan headquarters it still occupies.

(Prior October 23 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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