On this day in 1921, Prince Myingun, who tried take down both the royal court and British rule over Burma, died in Vietnam.
On this day in 1946, Galon U Saw survived an assassination attempt that would lead him, less than a year later, to assassinate General Aung San and his ministers.
On This Day in 2007, Buddhist monks in cities around Myanmar held protests against the military government that lasted for weeks and became the Saffron Revolution.
On This Day in 1948, Myanmar’s first foreign minister died after he was injured in a bombing on Sparks Street that remains unsolved to this day.
On this day in 1988, General Saw Maung seized power in a coup in the wake of the “8888” democratic uprising.
This week in 1966, U Ne Win and his wife were welcomed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson and the first lady on the military dictator’s first US visit as head of state.
On this day in 1939, anti-colonialist monk U Ottama passed away, leaving behind a legacy of non-violent resistance and powerful rhetoric.
On this day in 1945, Gen. Aung San signed an agreement with the British in the Sri Lankan city of Kandy to establish the Myanmar army.
On this day in 1942, Gen. Aung San, shortly after joining the Japanese to drive the British out of Myanmar, married Daw Khin Kyi.
On this day in 1987, Gen. Ne Win’s government abruptly demonetized three banknotes in a move that caused financial hardship for many and hastened the end of his rule.
On this day 55 years ago, The Mirror Daily, a frequent critic of Gen. Ne Win’s government, was nationalized by the dictator, ushering in five decades of censorship.
Dr. Thein Maung was named Myanmar’s first ambassador to Japan—under the Japanese-ruled government of Dr. Ba Maw—on this day in 1943.
On this day in 1931 a colonial tribunal sentenced the leader of the largest peasant rebellion against British rule to be hanged.
Seventy-two years ago today, the Burma Translation Society was formed to bring the world’s culture and literature to the Burmese public.
On Aug. 25, 1944, George Orwell—having been shunned by British publishers—penned a plea for the British Museum to publish a book on the Japanese occupation of Myanmar.