Sunday, March 2, 2008

On this day

On March 2, ...
... 1903 (105 years ago today), the Martha Washington Hotel (right), the 1st U.S. hotel solely for women, opened in New York City. With entrances at 29 East 29th and 30 East 30th streets, the lodging had 416 rooms and a restaurant open to men as well as women.
... 1962, via radio, General Ne Win announced that a military junta had seized power in Burma. Calling itself the "Revolutionary Council," the junta comprised 17 Army, Navy, and Air Force officers. The takeover, and the arrest of Premier U Nu, were said to have been designed to prevent imposition of a federal government in which members of the Shan minority would have some governmental power. The junta continues to rule the country it's renamed Myanmar (flag below). At the time of Ne Win's death in 2002, the BBC wrote: that he "was a ruthless and corrupt figure whose 26 year-rule helped cause the country's economic decline"; that "his brutal regime curtailed human and political rights and was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people"; and that his "hand-picked successors placed Aung San Suu Kyi, the dissident politician and daughter of a former colleague, under house arrest following pro-democracy protests in 1988."

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