On this day, May 28, 1948, DF Malan is elected Prime Minister of South Africa. Malan was seen as a champion of Afrikaner nationalism and his National Party government came to power on the program of apartheid and began its implementation.
On this day, April 2, 1939, Anthony Lake was born in New York City. He is currently the Executive Director of UNICEF.
Mr. Lake served in the State Department service in Vietnam during the 1960s. After working under Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, he broke with Kissinger's policies in Africa and left the State Department.
In the 1990s, Lake had significant influence ending two ethnic/religious conflicts. First, as National Security Advisor, Lake is credited as being one of the individuals who developed the policy that led to the resolution of the Bosnian Genocide (Newsweek, Feb 22, 1993). Later in the decade, as Special Envoy, Lake mediated the drafting of the Algiers Agreement, ending the Eritrean-Ethiopian War.