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(From Guardian Unlimited)
1948 Burma, which Britain annexed in 1852, initially as part of India, becomes independent, with the nationalist leader U Nu as prime minister.
1962 A government led by U Nu, elected two years before, is overthrown in a military coup.
1988 Protests in August against political oppression and the government mishandling of the economy are brutally suppressed, leaving 3,000 people dead. A junta seizes power in the aftermath and the National League for Democracy is formed.
1989 The junta declares martial law and changes the country's name to Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of the independence hero Aung San, who was …