On this day in 1924, a Burmese juggler performed at the British Empire Exhibition in London, entertaining audiences with a display of traditional chinlone cane ball prowess.
On this day in 1930, violence between Myanmar and Indian workers over jobs at Yangon Port led to days of bloody clashes between the two communities across the country.
On this day in 1966, Italian-born U Lokanatha died of cancer in Pyin Oo Lwin after many decades of promoting Buddhism around the world.
On this day in 1902, Charles Henry Allan Bennett entered the Buddhist Order in Myanmar, becoming the first Buddhist missionary in Britain.
On this day in 1964, Gen. Ne Win’s regime caused financial havoc when it demonetizedtwo banknotes and ceased exchanging them for legal tender just a few days later.
On this day in 1988, renowned Myanmar legal expert U Chan Htoon died in Yangon after a career spent designing the country’s first constitution and serving on its Supreme Court.
On this day in 1932, renowned Buddhist scholar U Shwe Zan Aung, who made the first translation of the ancient Buddha Abhidhamma texts into English, passed away.
On this day in 1962, General Ne Win’s new dictatorship took to the radio to broadcast its ideology, the Burmese Way to Socialism, which soon pushed Myanmar deep into poverty.
On this day in 1808, the casting of the Great Mingun Bell, now the second-largest bell in the world, began along the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar.
On this day in 1954, Chinese Kuomintang troops were forced out of Myanmar in the first large-scale military operation by the independent state.
On this day in 1945, retreating Japanese forces destroyed Myanmar’s state-run radio system, then the one-and-only form of mass media entertainment in the country.
On this day in 1953, Myanmar field a complaint at the UN against the Kuomintang army, setting off a two-year struggle to push the Chinese nationalists out and into Thailand.
On this day in 1981, Myanmar dictator General Ne Win, once trained by Japanese military and intelligence operatives, left for his fourth and final visit to Japan.
On April 6, 1942, Chinese general Chiang Kai-shek met Allied generals Joseph Stilwelland Harold Alexander in Pyin Oo Lwin to discuss how to repel the Japanese from Burma.
On this day in 1965, the socialist government under Gen. Ne Win nationalized nearly 130 schools in Myanmar, sending its once proud education system into a long decline.