United Nations

1962 4¢ Dag Hammarskjold
July 29, 1905

Birth of Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was born on July 29, 1905, in Jönköping, Sweden.  Serving as Secretary General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961, he’s still considered one of the greatest diplomats in history.

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 Item #UN1056-57 – World Radio Day stamps issued by the UN’s New York Office.
February 13, 1946

World Radio Day

World Radio Day was established in 2011 to commemorate the creation of United Nations Radio on February 13, 1946.  

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 US #1203 – The original non-error stamp issued on this day in 1962. Click the image to order.
October 23, 1962

Dag Hammarskjöld Invert Controversy

On October 23, 1962, the US Post Office Department unknowingly issued an unknown number of inverted Dag Hammarskjöld error stamps.  The fallout from this issue became known as Day’s Folly (after Postmaster General J. Edward Day).

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 United Nations #UN33-34 were issued for the 10th anniversary of UNESCO.
November 16, 1945

Founding of UNESCO

On November 16, 1945, the UN created the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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 United Nations #UN1 – The first UN stamp titled
October 24, 1951

UN Issues Its First Stamps

On October 24, 1951, the United Nations issued its first postage stamps.

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1962 4¢ Dag Hammarskjold, Inverted Mint Plate Block of 4
October 23, 1962

Dag Hammarskjöld Invert Controversy

On October 23, 1962, the U.S. Post Office Department unknowingly issued an unknown number of inverted Dag Hammarskjöld error stamps. The fallout from this issue became known as Day’s Folly (after Postmaster General J. Edward Day).

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 Item #UN43-44 – 1956 U.N. stamps honoring the WHO.
April 7, 1948

Formation of the World Health Organization 

On April 7, 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) was officially created as a specialized agency of the United Nations.

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 U.S. #1172 was issued a year and a half after Dulles’ death.
February 25, 1888

Birth of John Foster Dulles 

Politician John Foster Dulles was born on February 25, 1888 in Washington, D.C.

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 Tunisia #569 was issued for the 25th anniversary of UNICEF.
December 11, 1946

Founding of UNICEF 

On December 11, 1946, the United Nations created UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund).

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