1 January 1859
King Thibaw: the Last King of Burma
King Thibaw (1 January 1859-19 December 1916) was the last king of Burma. He was the 41st son of King Mindon and the Laungshe Queen, and the 11th king of the Konbaung dynasty with the regal title Thiri Pawara Ditya Lanka Wizara Nanda Yatha Tilawkadhipati Pandita Maha Dhamma Razadhiraza. He assumed the throne in October 1878, was deposed by the British in November 1885 and died in exile on 19 December 1916 at the age of 57. A controversial choice and a controversial king, he nevertheless presided over a reformist government that tried desperately to modernize whilst preserving the country's independence. His signature can be seen below the photograph.