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Hammarskjöld, Dag

[(hah-muhr-shohld, hah-muhr-sheuld)]

A Swedish diplomat of the twentieth century; the secretary-general of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961. Hammarskjöld was intensely involved with settling differences between nations that arose from the cold war and from the movement toward independence for African nations.

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