The United Nations Library to commemorate the 70th anniversary has produced a website 70 years, 70 documents presenting an exploration of the seventy key documents that have shaped the United Nations and our world. I recently put together a display in the National Library of Scotland demonstrating the range and depth of the library’s Official Publications collection. I choice to do this by selecting one year, in this case 1948. UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948 in Paris and I chose to included in the display. It also appears in the UN’s 70 years, 70 documents as the key document for that year.
- 1564 – artist Michelanglelo died in Rome
- 1841 – the first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began, lasting until March 11th
- 1885 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published
- 1930 – the planet Pluto was discovered (also, ‘Elm Farm Ollie’ became the first cow to fly in a plane)
- 1952 – Greece and Turkey became members of NATO
- 1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise took its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747
- 1979 – Snow fell in the Sahara Desert
It also so happens that, 5 years ago today, the very first post was posted onto this site!
I’ve been looking for other momentous occurrences on that day but, to be honest, Thursday the 18th February 2010 was kind of dull. It looks like the Houses of Commons and Lords were both in recess. The Scottish Parliament was too but, according to the Minutes of Chamber Proceedings – 24 February Vol. 3, No 55 Session 3, the Scottish Law Commission somehow managed to lay their Annual Report 2009 (SG/2010/8) before Parliament on the 18th (it was not subject to any parliamentary procedure). Nicely done SLC!
In world news, Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama, which was nice and The Telegraph had this cute picture of a Canadian baby…
So, SWOP was pretty much the highlight of the day. I’m sure Google will Doodle us next year…