Yangon in History

Historical Events

  • 1850-12-28 Rangoon, Burma, destroyed by fire
  • 1902-05-06 British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die
  • 1941-12-23 Japan begins assault on Rangoon, Burma
  • 1942-03-08 Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma
  • 1945-04-29 Japanese army evacuates Rangoon, British Burma
  • 1945-05-03 British troop join in Rangoon
  • 1945-05-10 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • 1983-10-09 Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) bombing: North Korean agents attempt to assassinate South Korean President results in 21 deaths, including 9 South Korean government officials; presidential advisors and security team members; and 3 reporters
  • 1988-06-21 Many killed at demonstration against General Ne Win in Rangoon
  • 1988-08-08 -11] Army in Rangoon, Myanmar fires on pro-democracy students, killing thousands during the "8888 Uprising"
  • 2005-11-06 The military junta of Myanmar (Burma) begins moving its government ministries from Yangon to Pyinmana.
  • 2006-03-26 Burma's military junta officially names Naypyidaw, a new city in Mandalay Division, the new capital (Yangon previous capital)
  • 2013-04-02 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907-09-06 Elizabeth Ferrars, British crime writer, born in Yangon, Myanmar (d. 1995)
  • 1919-12-01 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1925-02-28 Harry H. Corbett, English actor (Steptoe & Son, Jabberwacky), born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1982)
  • 1931-06-08 Leo Nichols, businessman, honorary consul and longtime friend of Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)

Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi (77 years old)

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

  • 1965-02-05 Ben Lee, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Rangoon, Burma
  • 1966-10-31 Annabella Lwin [Myant Myant Aye], Anglo-Burmese singer (Bow Wow Wow - "I Want Candy"), born in Rangoon, Burma

Famous Deaths

  • 1993-12-21 Philip Christison, British general (Rangoon), dies at 100