U Wisara’s Last Stand

On This Day
On this day in 1929, Buddhist monk U Wisara, in prison for giving anti-colonial speeches, began a hunger strike that was to become his last act of rebellion against the British.

A Call for a Coup

On This Day
On April 4, 1954, three politicians were tried for attempting to convince military chief General Ne Win to topple the U Nu government.

The Fall of the Danubyu Bastion

On This Day
After fending off the British for nearly a month at his fort at Danubyu, General Maha Bandula was killed, signaling Myanmar’s forfeiture in the First Anglo-Burmese War.

The Fall of Rangoon

On This Day
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.