Burmese

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Perched on the southeast portion of Asia, Myanmar, earlier known as Burma, is the largest country in Southeast Asia. The country forwards a vast topography and has something for all kinds of traveller. Interestingly, Myanmar, though independent since 1948, relieved itself from the military dictatorship only in 2011 when the military junta was official dissolved in the country. Despite a civilian government being in power, military still wields a greater control on this country. This promptly explains the presence of a large number of famous and influential military people, who have significantly contributed towards growth and development of their country through their personal endeavours, being in the list of famous Burmese. Some were even famous for their notoriety and infamy like military dictator, U Ne Win. King Alaungpaya was one of three greatest monarchs of Burma, alongside Anawrahta and Bayinnaung. Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was a prominent Burmese activist who fought against the cruelties of U Ne Win and initiated a nonviolent movement towards achieving democracy and human rights. Know more about famous Burmese people, their life and their works with this section given below.
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Aung San Suu Kyi
(Former State Counsellor of Myanmar (2016 - 2021) and Winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize)
Aung San Suu Kyi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is credited with co-founding the National League for Democracy, which eventually ended the rule of Myanmar's military junta. In 1999, she was named one of the Children of Gandhi by Time magazine for enduring almost 15 years of house arrest for the greater good of Myanmar.

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U Thant
(3rd Secretary General of the United Nations (1961 - 1971))
U Thant
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pantanaw, Burma
Died: November 25, 1974

Burmese diplomat U Thant made history by becoming the first non-Scandinavian to be named the UN secretary-general. Later in life, he tried applying Buddhist principles such as detachment to solve major international conflicts. Following his death in New York, his burial in Burma became a source of riots.

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Aung La Nsang
(Mixed martial artist)
Aung La Nsang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Myitkyina, Kachin, Burma
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General Aung San
(Politician)
General Aung San
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 19, 1947
Revered as a hero and as the Father of the Nation in Burma (now Myanmar), Aung San was instrumental in his country’s fight for independence from the British. The founder of the Myanmar Armed Forces, San was unfortunately assassinated a few months before Burma achieved independence.
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Annabella Lwin
(Best Known as the Lead Singer of the New Wave Band 'Bow Wow Wow')
Annabella Lwin
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rangoon, Burma

Annabella Lwin is an English-Burmese record producer and singer-songwriter. She is known for her association with the new wave band Bow Wow Wow, where she performs as the lead singer. Also known for her humanitarian efforts, Lwin was a featured vocalist during a fundraising concert, which was intended to help the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

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Htin Kyaw
(President of Burma)
Htin Kyaw
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kungyangon Township, Myanmar (Burma)

Former Burmese president Htin Kyaw had an elite education, which took him to London, Tokyo, and Massachusetts. A close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, Kyaw became the president in 2016 following the end of Myanmar’s military leadership, as Suu Kyi was barred from holding the post.

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Paing Takhon
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kawthoung, Myanmar
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Thibaw Min
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Birthdate: January 1, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mandalay, Myanmar
Died: December 19, 1916
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MiMi Aung
(Engineer)
MiMi Aung
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Burma
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Win Morisaki
(Singer)
Win Morisaki
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yangon, Burma
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Anawrahta
(King)
Anawrahta
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Birthdate: May 11, 1014
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: March 23, 1078
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U Nu
(Former Prime Minister of Burma)
U Nu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Myanmar
Died: February 14, 1995

U Nu was a Burmese nationalist politician and statesman. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Burma on three occasions between 1948 and 1962. U Nu is also remembered for his literary works; he wrote several plays and novels during his lifetime.

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Bayinnaung
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Birthdate: January 16, 1516
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taungoo, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: October 10, 1581
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Nay Toe
(Actor)
Nay Toe
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Birthdate: September 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munaung, Myanmar
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Khin Kyi
(Burmese Diplomat and Politician)
Khin Kyi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Myaungmya, Burma
Died: December 27, 1988

Khin Kyi was a Burmese diplomat and politician. She is best remembered for her marriage to Aung San, a prominent politician, revolutionary, and independence activist. Khin Kyi is also remembered for her service as the Minister of Social Welfare from 1953 to 1960. She also served as the Burmese Ambassador to India from 1960 to 1967.

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Supayalat
(Queen)
Supayalat
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Birthdate: December 13, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mandalay, Myanmar
Died: November 24, 1925
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Mindon Min
(King of Myanmar)
Mindon Min
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Birthdate: July 8, 1808
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarapura, Myanmar
Died: October 1, 1878
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Alaungpaya
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Birthdate: August 24, 1714
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shwebo, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: May 11, 1760
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Swe Zin Htet
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 16, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hpa-an, Myanmar
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May Myat Noe
(Actress)
May Myat Noe
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yangon, Burma
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Ba Maw
(Head of State of Burma from 1943 to 1945)
Ba Maw
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maubin, Burma
Died: May 29, 1977

Ba Maw was a Burmese political leader and lawyer. He achieved prominence as a lawyer in 1931, when he defended Saya San. He then focused on his political career and went on to serve as the Head of State of Burma from 1 August 1943 to 27 March 1945.

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Wutt Hmone Shwe Yi
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Birthdate: August 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mogok, Myanmar
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Thinzar Wint Kyaw
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Birthdate: December 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yangon, Burma
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Tun Tun Min
(Kickboxer)
Tun Tun Min
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyaikmaraw, Myanmar
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Harry H. Corbett
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Birthdate: February 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rangoon, Burma [now Yangon, Myanmar]
Died: March 21, 1982
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Khin Wint Wah
(Actress)
Khin Wint Wah
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
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Win Min Than
(Actress)
Win Min Than
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Birthdate: November 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bago, Burma
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Donald Michie
(Computer scientist)
Donald Michie
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
Died: July 7, 2007
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Helen
(Actress, Dancer)
Helen
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Birthdate: November 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
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Ei Chaw Po
(Actress)
Ei Chaw Po
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Birthdate: January 3, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
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Smile
(Actress)
Smile
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Birthdate: July 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
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Hsinbyushin
(King of Myanmar)
Hsinbyushin
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Birthdate: September 12, 1736
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shwebo Moksobo, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: July 10, 1776
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Tabinshwehti
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Birthdate: April 16, 1516
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taungoo, Myanmar
Died: April 30, 1550
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Benjamin Sum
(Singer)
Benjamin Sum
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 27, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalay, Sagaing Region, Myanmar
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Khun Sa
(Ethnic Chinese Drug Lord Who was the Dominant Opium Warlord in the Golden Triangle from 1976 to 1996)
Khun Sa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mongyai Township
Died: October 26, 2007

Khun Sa was an ethnic Chinese drug lord who was involved in massive opium smuggling operations. Nicknamed the Opium King, Khun Sa was the dominant opium warlord in the Golden Triangle from 1976 to 1996. He was played by Ric Young in the 2007 American biographical crime film American Gangster. 

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Thant Myint-U
(Grandson of former United Nations Secretary-General U Thant)
Thant Myint-U
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Birthdate: January 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
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Pyay Ti Oo
(Actor)
Pyay Ti Oo
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Birthdate: November 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
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Pencilo
(Writer)
Pencilo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Myaungmya, Myanmar
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Thein Sein
(President of Myanmar)
Thein Sein
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyonku

Thein Sein is a Burmese politician who served as the prime minister of Myanmar from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016, Sein served as Myanmar's president. Widely regarded as a reformist leader, Sein's government took up a series of political reforms, such as halting the construction of the Myitsone Dam and releasing many political prisoners.

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Than Shwe
(Head of State of Myanmar Between 1992 and 2011)
Than Shwe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyaukse

Than Shwe is a Burmese politician best known for his service as the head of state of Myanmar between 1992 and 2011. During this period, Than Shwe held important positions of power including Supreme Commander of Myanmar Defense Services and Prime Minister of Myanmar.

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Lay Phyu
(Musician)
Lay Phyu
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shan, Myanmar, Burma
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Bagyidaw
(King)
Bagyidaw
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Birthdate: July 23, 1784
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amarapura, Mandalay city, Myanmar
Died: October 15, 1846
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Maha Bandula
(Burmese Military Leader Who Played an Important Role in the 'First Anglo-Burmese War')
Maha Bandula
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 6, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dabayin, Burma
Died: April 1, 1825

Maha Bandula was a military leader best remembered for his association with the Royal Burmese Armed Forces, where he served as the  commander-in-chief from 1821 until his demise in 1825. He played an important role in the First Anglo-Burmese War. Maha Bandula is widely regarded as a national hero for his resistance against the British.

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Sein Lwin
(President of Burma from 27 July to 12 August 1988)
Sein Lwin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paung, Myanmar
Died: August 12, 2004

Sein Lwin was a Burmese politician who served as the President of Burma from 27 July to 12 August 1988. Sein Lwin, who also served as the military general in the Burmese Army, earned the nickname Butcher of Rangoon for brutally suppressing student-led protests in Rangoon. The students were massacred for protesting against the military regime of General Ne Win.

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Naw Phaw Eh Htar
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Birthdate: January 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taunggyi, Myanmar
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G Fatt
(Singer-songwriter)
G Fatt
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
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Eaindra Kyaw Zin
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Birthdate: April 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
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Saw Maung
(Former Prime Minister of Burma)
Saw Maung
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mandalay
Died: July 24, 1997

Saw Maung was a Burmese statesman and army general. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Burma from 21 September 1988 to 23 April 1992. He also served as the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services from 1985 to 1992. In 1990, Saw Maung became the first person to receive the rank of Senior General in Myanmar.

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Thet Mon Myint
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Birthdate: July 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Falam, Burma
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Thet Htar Thuzar
(Badminton player)
Thet Htar Thuzar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar