Today in History
June 19, 1945
Symbol of Struggle
Aung San Suu Kyi is born in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), the daughter of the country's independence leader General Aung San, who is assassinated when she is two. After studying and working abroad and marrying an Englishman, she returns to Burma in 1988 to care for her dying mother and becomes involved in pro-democracy activities. Though the military government places her under house arrest in July 1989, her party wins the 1990 national elections. The junta refuses to honor the results. Aung San Suu Kyi receives the Nobel peace prize in 1991 for her freedom work. She has remained under house arrest for most of the past 18 years.
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