After 70 years of lobbying, the British colonial authorities in 1929 finally moved the bodies from a cemetery within the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda compound.
General Aung San was determined to tour Britain’s Ministry of Defence during his visit to London to plan his ministry after independence.
On this day in 1939, colonial authorities opened the Burma Road, creating a short-lived lifeline for Chiang Kai-shek’s Chinese nationalist forces fighting the Japanese.
General Aung San met Muslim League leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah in January 1947 before flying to London for talks on independence.
Prince Saw Yan Paing devoted his life to ending British rule but he died in exile in China two years before independence day.
General Aung San stopped in India on his way to discuss independence from British rule with the prime minister, Clement Attlee.
On this day 85 years ago, US missionary Brayton Clarke Case was honored with a medal for his imports of cowpea, swine, chicken and corn into the country.
On December 20, 1852, the British concluded the Second Anglo-Burmese War by declaring “Lower Burma” had been annexed as a colony.
General Aung San and colonial officials were on hand to open the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery.
Under pressure from the military regime, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was forced out of the National League for Democracy, the day after she was awarded the Nobel peace prize.
On this day in 1991, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the prestigious Norwegian award, sparking increased violence by the military regime.
On this day in 2002, former dictator Gen. Ne Win died; he was cremated without fanfare the same day at a ceremony attended by a handful of relatives and others.
A flawed voting process selected a rubber-stamp parliament while Myanmar was under British colonial rule. But it did introduce concepts of democracy to the population.
Walter Chit Tun was not only a bodybuilder, but also a doctor and a movie actor known for his physique.
A short-lived experiment by Britain’s Irrawaddy Flotilla Company to link colonial Burma by seaplane began in 1934.