1953 - 1985
Richard Nixon’s visits to Myanmar
Richard Nixon, as Vice-President of the United States of America, visited to Myanmar in 1953. The US papers at the time all reported on his confrontation with left-wing and anti-American demonstrators at Pegu (it was Thanksgiving Day and the Burmese were also able to rustle up a turkey for lunch). Fewer reported on his trip to the Shwedagon. He and Pat Nixon wrote in the register: "For years we have heard of it, and we have previously seen pictures of it - but actually seeing the Shwedagon exceeded even our greatest expectation. The people of Burma have provided for all the world to see one of the greatest cultural monuments ever erected by man." The photo is of Vice President and Mrs Nixon with their two guides, U Thant (then Secretary to the Prime Minister) and Daw Khin Kyi (mother of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi).