6 February 1956
Dag Hammarskjold’s Visit to Rangoon
On 6 February 1956 Dag Hammarskjold visited Rangoon and enjoyed evening cocktails with President Dr. Ba U and Commerce and Industry Minister U Raschid at Government House. Dag Hammarskjold was the 2nd Secretary-General of UN Secretary-General. He was arguably the organisation's best chief ever, providing tremendous intellectual leadership, courage, and managerial talent. His top aides were the greatest international civil servants in history - Dr. Ralph Bunche and Sir Brian Urquhart.
He was on a round-the-world tour and later wrote that he came home with two unexpected "favourite countries" - Burma and New Zealand. He also wrote: "I remember the old women at the peace pagoda at Rangoon, praying for peace with flowers in their hands - poor, poor people who did not know much about the ways of the world, but knew that short of peace there was no future for them."