19 June

Born in Rangoon, the third child of General Aung San, commander of the Burma Independence Army, and Khin Kyi, a nurse.



Suu Kyi's father General Aung San is assassinated. Her mother throws herself into public affairs, heading social planning and policy bodies.


Moves to India after her mother is appointed the Burmese ambassador to Delhi.


Studies philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, where she meets her future husband Michael Aris.


Moves to New York to continue her studies, but postpones her academic career to work for the UN.


Marries British academic Michael Aris, with whom she has two sons. Due to various work commitments the family relocate regularly, spending time living in Bhutan, England, Japan and India.



Returns to Rangoon to look after her severely ill mother.

8 August

A mass uprising in Burma is brutally suppressed by the military, killing thousands.

26 August

In front of a crowd of 500,000 Suu Kyi makes her first public speech, calling for democratic government in Burma.

18 September

The army seize power in Burma.

24 September

Co-founds the National League for Democracy (NLD) and becomes the party's general secretary.



Placed under house arrest for the first time.



Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy wins a landslide election victory. The junta refuses to recognise the results.



Awarded the Nobel Peace prize.


Released from house arrest in Rangoon, but movements restricted.



Suu Kyi's husband dies of cancer; she had not seen him for four years.



Placed under house arrest for a second time after she defies travel restrictions in an attempt to visit the city of Mandalay.



Released from house arrest.



Imprisoned following a violent clash between NLD and junta supporters.


Allowed home, but under house arrest.



House arrest extended by one year.


Appears in public for the first time since 2003, to pray with protesting Buddhist monks.



House arrest extended for another year.


Appeals against her detention.



Appeal against detention is rejected.

Charged with breaking detention rules after American John Yettaw swims, uninvited, to her compound.


Sentenced to a further 18 months of house arrest.


Launches another appeal against her detention.



Supreme court rejects her appeal.


Expresses her opposition to contesting the forthcoming elections, the first Burma have held in 20 years. The NLD announces it will boycott the vote.


Under new election laws the NLD is forced to disband. Suu Kyi begins another appeal against her detention.

7 November

Burma holds its first elections in 20 years. The army-backed Union Solidarity and Development party win by a landslide.

11 November

Suu Kyi's latest appeal against her house arrest is rejected.

13 November

The current detention order expires.

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