Kurt Waldheim Biography
(Secretary-General of the United Nations (1972-81))
Birthday: December 21, 1918 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria
Kurt Josef Waldheim was an Austrian politician and diplomat, who went on to become the Secretary General of the United Nations and also served one term as the President of Austria. Waldheim was a member of the Austrian Army for some time in his youth before he enrolled at the Vienna Consular Academy. During the Second World War, Waldheim had claimed that he was busy studying law at the University of Vienna but in reality he was a member of the German Army that had occupied Austria during those years and it was a fact that made his position untenable as the president of the country, as his past affiliations with the Nazis threatened to completely derail all diplomatic processes. However, before he became the President he had been a career diplomat for Austria and served at several important positions including that of the permanent representative of Austria at the United Nations. Waldheim also served as the Foreign Minister of Austria before going on to serve as the Secretary General of the United Nations for two terms over a period of nine years. His tenure was particularly notable for his diplomatic efforts in Middle East and Africa.