Born 107 years ago on Monday, ethnic Karen General Smith Dun has been written out of Burmese military history.
On this day in 1958, Vietnam’s communist leader Ho Chi Minh arrived in Myanmar for a goodwill visit, bolstering bilateral ties between the two nations.
The Aung San Museum in Yangon is where the independence leader wrote his speeches and prepared the Panglong Agreement. Decisions made there continue to shape Myanmar.
On this day in 1939, colonial troops in British Burma launched their deadliest crackdown on anti-colonial protestors when they fired on unarmed crowds in Mandalay, killing 17.
On this day in 1943, the Japanese government occupying Myanmar began publishing the country’s only English newspaper at the time, the heavily propagandist Greater Asia.
On this day in 1956, legendary Swedish UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld visited Yangon on the first of two visits.
The memoirs of two senior figures in Myanmar’s ex-military government shed light on the junta’s machinations, and expose the cracks in the monolithic image it projected.
On this day in 1946, U Saw, leader of British Burma, came home after spending World War II in a British prison in Uganda for saying he would support Japan if it invaded Burma.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit is being hailed as a success, but both sides should be wary of pitfalls in the deepening relationship.
On this day in 1951, US medic Gordon Seagrave was jailed for treason because of his devotion to the health of Shan hill tribes.
The Irrawaddy presents an infographic examining high-level visits to Myanmar by Chinese leaders from 1954 to 2014, and their significance for bilateral relations.
On this day in 1938, Burmah Oil workers in Magwe Region went on strike to demand better treatment. The strike spread into a wider movement against British colonial rule.
Today marks 72 years since the nation’s first prime minister, U Nu, laid the foundation of Independence Monument, a landmark symbolizing national sovereignty.
The Irrawaddy presents a compilation of our most-viewed features, analyses, commentaries and lifestyle articles from 2019.
On this day in 1988, Daw Khin Kyi, the widow of national hero Gen. Aung San, died, causing dilemmas for the ruling generals.