On this day in 1954, a team of Karen National Defense Organization rebels hijacked a Union of Burma Airways Dakota DC-3—the nation’s first airplane hijacking.
Eighty-eight years ago today, the Burmese-language Thuriya newspaper published a photograph that stirred the nation and rippled to the halls of the British Parliament.
On June 6, 1947, with independence on the horizon, Gen. Aung San set out to make a major economic plan for the reconstruction of the country—which was destined to fail.
On this day 89 years ago, Dobama Asiayone, or the We Burmans Association, was founded by Rangoon University instructor Thakhin Ba Thaung.
The teak architectural gem has received a new lease on life with elaborate renovation works by KT Group and now a Blue Plaque from the Yangon Heritage Trust.
During his lifetime under British and Japanese rule, Dr. Ba Maw held several important roles in Myanmar’s leadership and supported the people and the independence movement.
On May 27, 1990, the NLD won what was to be Myanmar’s first democratic election in 30 years, but voters soon learned the military junta would blatantly ignore the results.
On this day 160 years ago, King Mindon moved the royal capital from Amarapura to Mandalay.
The first non-European United Nations secretary-general, U Thant was the first to suggest Lumbini as an international pilgrimage site and symbol of tolerance and world peace.
Eleven years ago today, with corpses piled high in the wake of a deadly cyclone, the Myanmar military continued with a referendum to ratify the constitution they drafted.
On this day in 1930, the most powerful earthquake on record in Myanmar flattened Bago, leaving a scene of death and utter devastation.
May 1, 1877 saw the launch of Myanmar’s first railway line creating a better strategic connection with British India, European markets and unconquered parts of the country.
Adoniram Judson died in the Bay of Bengal in 1850 and is remembered for bringing Christianity to Myanmar and for writing the first English-Burmese dictionaries.
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.
On April 4, 1954, three politicians were tried for attempting to convince military chief General Ne Win to topple the U Nu government.