. Burma is bordered by China
on the northeast, Laos
on the east, Thailand
on the southeast, Bangladesh
on the west, India
on the northwest, the Bay of Bengal
to the southwest, and the Andaman Sea
on the south. One-third of Burma's total perimeter of 1930 kilometres (1,199.2 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline. At 676,578 km2 (261,227 sq mi), Burma is the 40th largest country in the world and the second largest country in Southeast Asia.
1824 First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
1945 World War II: British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma.
1948 Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations.
1962 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup d'état.
1988 End of pro-democracy uprisings in Myanmar after a bloody military coup by the State Law and Order Restoration Council. Thousands, mostly monks and civilians (primarily students) are killed by the Tatmadaw.
1988 National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various others to help fight against dictatorship in Myanmar.
1989 Burma's ruling junta puts opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.
2004 Myanmar prime minister Khin Nyunt is ousted and placed under house arrest by the State Peace and Development Council on charges of corruption.
2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.