At this time in 1947, a committee debated whether the frontier areas—home of Myanmar’s ethnic groups—would gain independence with the rest of Myanmar.
On March 17, 1970, the crew of the US Apollo 12 lunar mission visited Yangon. They brought with them some rocks from the Moon’s surface, and some lofty words about peace.
Thirty-one years ago today on Pyay Road in Yangon, Tada Phyu —"the white bridge" in Burmese — ran red with the blood of student protesters caught in a brutal government crackdo
On March 16, 1952, Mrs. Ba Maung Chain made history when she assumed office as Karen State minister in the Union government, becoming the country’s first woman minister.
Sai Aung Hlaing Myint was the first person in Southeast Asia to receive the Henry Dunant Medal after rescuing a soldier from a truck submerged in an icy Irrawaddy River in 1976.
On March 14, 1952, U Nu became prime minister after leading the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League to victory in the country’s first general election.
U Ba U served as president from 1952 to 1957. The Cambridge-educated barrister previous served as Supreme Court chief justice and helped draft the first Constitution.
On March 13, 1988, an RIT student was killed in an event said to have been a main trigger of the pro-democracy movement, ultimately leading to the fall of the socialist government.
On this day in 1948, Myanmar's royal Lion Throne was returned to a newly independent country after more than 50 years abroad.
March 11, 1975, saw the passing of U Thein Maung. His campaign to force Westerners to respect local customs by removing their shoes at Buddhist pagodas opened a new front in the nationalist
On March 9, 1955, Sir Joseph Augustus Maung Gyi died after a lifetime of service to the colonial government.
On March 8, 1942, Burma’s first national army in nearly 60 years took control of Rangoon with the help of Japan, a week after the withdrawal of the British colonial governor.
On This DayOn March 7, 1929, Gandhi arrived in Myanmar for a visit during which he spoke to Buddhist monks encouraging them in their “political battle.”
Sayagyi U Ba Khin spread his teachings of vipassana meditation to international students and left a legacy of meditation centers worldwide.
On this day in 1947, Chin and Bamar leaders continued a three-day summit at which they vowed to fight the British and enjoy the fruits of independence together.