Key Historical Events. A treaty establishing Burma’s independence from the UK was signed in London on 17 Oct. 1947. For the history of Burma’s connexion with Great Britain see The Statesman’s Year-Book, 1950, p. 836. The Union of Burma came formally into existence on 4 Jan. 1948 and became the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma in 1974. On 18 Sept. 1988, the Armed Forces seized power and set up a State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). On 19 June 1989 the government changed the official name of the country in English to the Union of Myanmar.
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