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Did you know that just after World War II, Maurice Pate refused to become UNICEF's First Executive Director unless the organization agreed to help children of "ex-enemy countries"?
Pate firmly set UNICEF on its future course by accepting the leadership role on one condition — that UNICEF serve children of 'ex-enemy countries'...

Did you know that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors all came about because a plane caught on fire?
The recruitment of Danny Kaye, UNICEF’s first “Ambassador-at-Large”, was the result of a chance encounter with then Executive Director Maurice Pate aboard a flight from London to New York. The plane caught fire in mid-Atlantic....

Did you know that President Johnson declared October 31st, Halloween, National UNICEF Day in perpetuity?
....the President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue annually a proclamation designating October 31 as National UNICEF Day -- The United States Congressional Record of the 89th session, 9 March 1966....

Did you know that UNICEF was first informed that it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by a telegram of just 30 words?
"URGENT THE NOBEL COMMITTEE OF THE NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENT HAS TODAY AWARDED TO UNICEF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR 1965 STOP MUST NOT BE PUBLISHED TIL 6PM NORWEGIAN TIME STOP LETTER FOLLOWS"....

Did you know that Audrey Hepburn designed the official First Day Cover of the Rights of the Child?
Beloved UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn designed the First Day Cover of the United Nations Postal Administration for the Rights of the Child....

Did you know that the first UNICEF greeting card was drawn by a young Czech girl, and was printed just for internal staff use ?
in 1949, a young Czech schoolgirl drew a card to thank UNICEF for food supplies sent to the children of her village in the grim winter of 1946-7. Privately printed by the UNICEF staff at Lake Success, the first greeting card launched a world-wide fund raising activity providing about one third of UNICEF's annual income today....

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