Myanmar in History

Myanmar: Yangon

Historical Events

  • 1554-01-12 Bayinnaung is crowned King of Burma. He would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia
  • 1591-01-18 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.
  • 1767-04-08 Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders
  • 1824-03-05 First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
  • 1826-02-24 The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War.
  • 1850-12-28 Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire
  • 1886-07-24 China takes British protectorate of Burma
  • 1941-12-23 Japan begins assault on Rangoon, Burma
  • 1942-01-19 Japanese forces invade Burma
  • 1942-01-20 Japanese invade Burma
  • 1942-03-08 Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma
  • 1942-04-29 Japanese troop march into Lashio, cut off Burma Road
  • 1942-05-02 Japanese troops occupy Mandalay, Burma
  • 1942-05-10 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
  • 1942-05-16 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma
  • 1943-08-01 Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw
  • 1943-10-17 Burma railway completed, built by allied POWS and Asian labourers for the Japanese army
  • 1943-10-25 Burma railroad completed & opens
  • 1944-01-10 British troops conquer Maungdaw, Burma
  • 1944-03-07 Japans begins offensive in Burma
  • 1944-05-17 Chinese/US arm forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma
  • 1944-08-03 Allied troops under Lt-Gen Joseph Stilwell take Myitkyina, Burma
  • 1945-01-03 Allies land on west coast of Burma, conquer Akyab
  • 1945-01-21 British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma
  • 1945-01-22 Burma highway reopens
  • 1945-01-25 West Africa 82nd division occupies Myohaung, Burma
  • 1945-01-28 Gen "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell & truck convoy reopen Burma Road to China
  • 1945-02-19 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1945-02-22 British troops take Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1947-02-20 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.
  • 1947-07-19 Prime Minister of shadow Burma government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members assassinated by armed paramilitaries
  • 1948-01-04 Burma declares independence from UK
  • 1949-12-17 Burma recognizes People's Republic of China
  • 1953-01-06 The first Asian Socialist Conference opens in Burma
  • 1956-04-27 Burma Premier U Nu's Volksliga voor Vrijheid loses election
  • 1960-04-01 U Nu elected premier of Burma
  • 1962-03-02 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup.
  • 1962-11-30 U Thant of Burma becomes the 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 1974-01-03 Burma accepts its constitution
  • 1975-07-08 Quake damages over 2,000 temples in Pagan Burma, 20-foot-high seated Buddha of Thandawgya decapitated
  • 1983-10-09 4 South Korean government ministers assassinated in Rangoon Burma
  • 1987-11-29 A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 115
  • 1988-07-27 General Sein Lwin succeeds Ne Win as President of Burma
  • 1988-08-08 The "8888 Uprising" occurs in Burma.
  • 1988-08-19 Muang Muang succeeds Gen Sein Lwin as president of Burma
  • 1988-09-18 Burma suspends its constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988-09-27 The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi is founded in Burma (Myanmar)

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-05-20 US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2004-10-19 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the SPDC on charges of corruption.
  • 2005-11-06 The military junta of Myanmar (Burma) begins moving its government ministries from Yangon to Pyinmana.
  • 2006-03-26 The military junta ruling Burma officially named Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, as the new capital. Yangon had formerly been the nation's capital.
  • 2007-09-18 Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the Saffron Revolution.
  • 2008-05-02 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
  • 2012-06-09 Burma (Myanmar) riots kill 20 people and burn down 300 houses
  • 2012-06-16 Coca-Cola begins business in Myanmar after 60 years
  • 2012-08-25 85,000 people are displaced by severe floods in Myanmar
  • 2012-10-26 64 people are killed in West Burma after continued sectarian clashes
  • 2012-11-09 25 people are killed and 62 injured after a train carrying liquid fuel bursts into flames in Burma
  • 2012-11-11 12 people are killed by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Burma
  • 2013-03-10 Aung San Suu Kyi is re-elected leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy
  • 2013-03-21 A barter dispute loses control and results in 10 people being killed, 20 injured, and 4 mosques being burnt to the ground in Myanmar
  • 2013-04-02 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma
  • 2016-02-01 Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw

Famous Birthdays

  • 1870-12-18 Saki, [Hector Hugo Munro], Burma, author (Reginald, When William Came)
  • 1893-02-08 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (d. 1977)
  • 1898-01-20 U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
  • 1900-06-25 Lord Louis Mountbatten, of Burma, royal relative/earl/baron/admiral
  • 1907-05-25 U Nu, Wakema, Myaungmya District, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (1948-56, 1960-62)
  • 1909-01-22 U Thant, Burma, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Myanmar
  • 1915-02-13 Aung San, Burmese general and politician (d. 1947)
  • 1924-02-14 Countess Mountbatten, of Burma
  • 1925-02-28 Harry H Corbett, Rangoon Burma, actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky)
  • 1929-03-12 U Win Tin, jailed Burmese journalist
  • 1933-02-02 Than Shwe, ruler of Myanmar
  • 1936-05-21 Ama Samy, Burma, Jesuit priest/Zen teacher/disciple of Yamada Koun
  • 1938-04-15 Hso Khan Pha, Burmese politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-06-19 Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, leader of the National League for Democracy and human rights activist (1991 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Rangoon, British Burma

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • 1961-02-13 Kyi Hla Han, Burmese golfer, born in Yangon
  • 1965-02-05 Ben Lee, Rangoon Burma, US badminton player (Olympic-92)
  • 1965-10-31 Annabella Lwin, [Myant Aye], Rangoon Burma, singer (I Want Candy)
  • 1968-09-28 Bess Singh, [Lennart Bes], Dutch pop drummer (Burma Shop-Hippies)

Famous Deaths

  • 1760-05-15 Alaungpaya, King of Burma (b. 1711)
  • 1944-03-23 O C Wingate, British general-major (Burma), dies in air crash
  • 1947-07-19 Aung San, Burmese nationalist (assassinated) (b. 1915)
  • 1947-07-19 U Razak, Burmese politician (b. 1898)
  • 1948-05-08 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • 1952-10-31 U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician (b. 1879)
  • 1976-08-17 Murvyn Vye, actor (Road to Bali, Escape to Burma), dies at 63
  • 1977-05-29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • 1979-08-27 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland
  • 1994-07-02 Maung Maung, premier of Burma (1988), dies at 69
  • 1995-02-14 U Nu, PM of Burma (1948-56, 57-58, 60-62), dies at 87
  • 1996-01-28 Or San Yu, president of Burma in (1981-88), dies
  • 1997-07-24 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • 1998-02-18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • 2002-12-05 Ne Win, Burmese leader (b. 1911)
  • 2007-10-26 Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • 2012-01-01 Nay Win Maung, Burmese physician, and pro-democracy activist, dies from a heart attack at 50
  • 2012-10-10 Kyaw Zaw, Burmese politician and soldier, dies at 92