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
  • 1945-05-03 British troop join in Rangoon
  • 1945-05-10 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • 1983-10-09 4 South Korean government ministers assassinated in Rangoon Burma
  • 1988-06-21 Many killed at demonstration against General Ne Win in Rangoon
  • 1988-08-08 -11] Army in Rangoon shoots on students, 5-10,000 killed
  • 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, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, born in 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)

Person of interestAung San Suu Kyi

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

Famous Deaths

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