Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps

U Thant

Birthday of U Thant

U Thant was born on 22 January 1909 in Pantanaw. The photograph on the left is U Thant as a student at Rangoon University c. 1928. The second is U Thant in 1970 as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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Burmese at the UN 1955

From left to right: unidentified; Daw Dora Than E; Dr. Htin Aung; U Thant; Daw Mya Yee; Mrs. James Barrington; U (Jimmy) Paw Htin; Colonel Lwin; Uncle Richard Paw Oo. I think this was during U Nu's visit to the US in June-July 1955.

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U Thant at the Ministry of Information c. 1951

The Ministry of Information was located at 22/4 Phayre Street (now Pansodan). U Thant (centre in white jacket) was then the Ministry's Permanent Secretary. In 2013 the Ministry of Information kindly allowed the Yangon Heritage Trust to renovate and rent a floor of 22/4 Pansodan to be our new office. We had learned that there was a floor there not being used and asked to rent it. I had no idea then that the same building had been my grandfather's...

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Richard Nixon's Visit to Myanmar in 1953

Richard Nixon, as Vice-President of the United States of America, visited Myanmar in 1953. The US papers at the time all reported on his confrontation with left-wing and anti-American demonstrators at Pegu. A very witty Burmese communist held a sign that reads:  “Pax Vobiscum 
  Scant regard for homo sapiens of the East 
 Begets doubts about your move for peace.  
Rest assured, however, of one important fact
  That we shan't fight like Kilkenny cats
  To ensure for ravenous...

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Prime Minister U Nu’s visit to the United States

Prime Minister U Nu made an official visit to the United States. The trip lasted more than three weeks, from 24 June to 16 July 1955, and included Washington D.C., New York, Ann Arbor (Michigan University), Knoxville (Tennessee), San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Grand Canyon (Arizona). He was accompanied by his wife, Daw Mya Yi, U Thant (then Secretary, Prime Minister's Office), and Colonel Lwin (later head of Military Intelligence) as well as Burma's Ambassador to the US and...

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During the Heyday of Burmese Diplomacy

Prime Minister U Nu at the Bandung Conference with Justice U Myint Thein (left) and U Thant (back). Burma was one of the organizers of the Bandung Conference of newly independent Asian and African states, together with India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Ceylon. The conference was a big step towards the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement. Video here: http://www.gettyimages.no/detail/video/representatives-of-thirty-nations-from-african-and-asia-news-footage/116591383

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Anniversary of 1955 Asian-African Bandung Conference

The Asian-African Conference was held in Bandung, Indonesia in 18-24 April 1955. It is better remembered as the "Bandung Conference". Burma was one of the principal organizers of the conference, together with India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Ceylon. The conference brought together 29 leaders of the newly independent non-Western world, representing no fewer than 1.5 billion people, more than half the entire planet. The host, Indonesia's president Sukarno called it "The First Inter-Continental Conference of Coloured People in the History of...

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U Thant Meeting Daw Khin Kyi at Delhi Airport 1966

This is a picture of U Thant meeting Daw Khin Kyi at Delhi's Palam Airport in 1966. Daw Khin Kyi (widow of General Aung San) was then Burma's ambassador to India. U Thant was in Delhi to mediate a ceasefire agreement at the end of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war.

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