Historical Timeline

Date               Important Events in Myanmar

40 Million years ago     Pondaung Man, the earliest primates known today, resided in Pondaung, northern Myanmar. Other traces of early human settlements are also found.
BC 2000     Hanlin Pyu City State, Beikthano (Vishnu) Pyu City State, Thuwunna Bonmi (Ramanya) City State came into existence
BC 1000     Tharay Kittarar (Srikittra) Pyu City State founded.

BC 518     Waytharlee Kingdom founded
AD 107     Bagan Dynasty began as a city-state.
AD 1044-1077     The First Myanmar Empire founded after King Anawrahtar organized the whole country into a single sovereign.
AD 1100     The earliest Myanmar script carved on stone by Prince Yarza Komer.
1287     Bagan Dynasty fall. Many pagodas in Bagan were destroyed as a source of bricks to build forts urgently, in defending Genghis Khan's troops from Mongolia.
1287     Founding of the Second Myanmar Empire, Hantharwaddy (Bago) Dynasty
1309     Pinya Dynasty founded.
1315     Sagaing Dynasty established.
1364     Innwa Dynasty founded.
1486     TaungNgoo Dynasty established.
1752     Founding of the Third Myanmar Empire, Konbaung Dynasty.
1824-26     First Anglo-Burmese War
1852     Second Anglo-Burmese War, where General Bandoola died. King Mindon nationalized petroleum production.
1853-1878     Industrial revolution took place during King Mindon's reign. Sent fact-finding missions and trainees to the West.
1876     The first Myanmar ambassador to Europe, Kinwun Mingyee U Kaung travelled to Europe, with King Mindon's steamer ship called Yaynanyinthar.
1885     Third Anglo-Burmese War. Great Britain captured the whole part of Myanmar.
1886     David Sime Cargill founded BOC (Burmah Oil Company) investing 1.5 million Sterling pounds, and later up to 18 million pounds.
1888     70,000 barrels of petroleum produced.
1901     Standard Oil Company, the first American oil company in Myanmar, began its operation.
1910     5,000,000 barrels of petroleum produced.
1940     Drove out British. Japanese invaded
1915     Myanmar was the 14th largest petroleum producer in the whole world.
1942     40 million Sterling pounds worth of petroleum-related machineries (including 2 refinery plants) destroyed by the British before their withdrawal to India.
1947     Drove out Japanese. Allied Forces came in. General Aung San assasinated.
1948     Founding of the Fourth Myanmar Union, Union of Burma, after independence on 4th January from British. Myanmar joined The United Nations as 59th member.
1962     Revolutionary Council took over
1974     Became a socialist republic. The flag changed. The emblem changed. The national anthem unchanged.
1988     State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) took over.
1989     The name of the country, Burma changed to Myanmar
1996     Myanmar joined ASEAN
1997     State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) changed name to State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)



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