Malaysian History

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1511-07-25 Portuguese forces under Afonso de Albuquerque first assault the prosperous trading city of Malacca, Malay Peninsula

Admiral and Duke of Goa Afonso de Albuquerque
Admiral and Duke of Goa
Afonso de Albuquerque
  • 1786-08-11 Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
  • 1816-10-21 The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.
  • 1817-01-22 British freighter Diana sinks off Malaya
  • 1923-04-06 The first Prefects Board in Southeast Asia is formed in Victoria Institution, Malaysia
  • 1934-09-01 SMJK Sam Tet was founded by Father Fourgs from the St. Michael Church, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
  • 1941-12-10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z ) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • 1942-01-11 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
  • 1946-04-01 The Malayan Union is formed as a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca
  • 1946-05-11 United Malays National Organisation is created.

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1948-02-01 Nine Malay sultanates and two British Straits Settlements (Penang and Malacca) form the Federation of Malaya

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1948-12-12 Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre - 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.
  • 1949-12-04 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak
  • 1950-06-03 French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
  • 1957-08-27 The Constitution of Malaysia comes into force
  • 1957-08-31 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1959-04-16 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • 1963-09-16 Federation of Malaysia formed by Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak
  • 1964-07-21 Race riots in Singapore between Chinese and Malay groups, 23 killed, 454 injured
  • 1964-09-02 Indonesian paratroopers lands in Malaysia
  • 1964-09-03 2nd incident that year of race riots in Singapore between Chinese and Malay, 13 people killed, 106 injured

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1965-08-07 Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore signs a separation agreement with Malaysia, after 2 years of political union

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 1967-08-08 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • 1969-05-13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1970-09-23 Abdul Razak bin Hussain becomes premier of Malaysia
  • 1972-02-01 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

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1975-06-30 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Bugner in Malaysia

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1982-07-05 ICC Trophy record p/ship, 257 Schoonheim/Liffman, Hol v Malay
  • 1988-07-31 32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia
  • 1994-04-25 King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns
  • 1998-06-27 Opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
  • 1998-09-11 16th Commonwealth Games open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia making Malaysia the first Asian country to host the games

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2003-10-31 Mahathir Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir's 22 years in power

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad
  • 2004-03-21 In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority.
  • 2004-12-26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people
  • 2008-05-23 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.
  • 2008-11-13 Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
  • 2009-03-04 Malaysia has a 50% chance of slipping into the recession as growth is expected to reach just 0.5% for the year, announces the executive director Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
  • 2010-01-17 A dragon boat from Chung Ling High School capsizes and collides with a tugboat amid strong currents in Penang, Malaysia, killing 6 people and injuring 12
  • 2013-03-01 14 people are killed in the Lahad Datu standoff between Malaysian government and rebel forces
  • 2013-08-21 37 people are killed and 16 are injured in a bus crash near Chin Swee Temple, Malaysia
  • 2014-03-08 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history
  • 2014-07-17 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board
  • 2014-10-16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • 2015-01-29 Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident
  • 2015-08-30 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad calls for the removal of then Prime Minister Najib Razak during the second day of street protests
  • 2016-04-07 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)
  • 2016-12-23 United Nations Security Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention .
  • 2017-03-15 Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast" for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1506-04-07 Francis Xavier, saint/Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, & Japan
  • 1855-12-10 Henry Nicholas Ridley, West Harling Hall, Norfolk, U.K., Botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry)

Person of interestTunku Abdul Rahman

1903-02-08 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah (d. 1990)

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1916-11-23 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1917-12-10 Sultan Yahya Petra, King of Malaysia (d. 1979)
  • 1918-05-13 John Johnston, British diplomat (Rhodesia, Malaysia)
  • 1919-11-20 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1920-11-25 Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, King of Malaysia (d. 2000)
  • 1922-03-11 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77)
  • 1924-12-25 Henry Sy Sr., Chinese Malay businessman 'Philippines Retail King', born in Amoy, China

Person of interestMahathir bin Mohamad

1925-12-20 Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981-2003, 2018-), born in Alor Setar, Unfederated Malay States

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad
  • 1927-10-01 Sandy Gall, Malaysian-born British journalist and newscaster
  • 1930-05-29 Eddy Choong, Penang, Malaysia, Chinese badminton player, (d. 2013)
  • 1930-10-24 Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia
  • 1931-12-24 Jill Bennett, Malaysian actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle), born in Penang
  • 1939-11-26 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician
  • 1960-12-08 Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP)
  • 1962-01-22 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
  • 1962-08-06 Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress
  • 1962-10-02 Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
  • 1962-11-06 Aznil Nawawi, Malaysian host, actor and singer, born in Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur

Person of interestTony Fernandes

1964-04-30 Tony Fernandes, Malaysian businessman (AirAsia), born in Kuala Lumpur

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Tony Fernandes
  • 1968-05-02 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • 1970-08-30 Michael Wong Guang Liang, Chinese Malaysian singer
  • 1974-03-03 Paula Malai Ali, Malaysian-Bruneian TV Presenter and Actress
  • 1976-07-20 Alex Yoong, Malaysian racing driver
  • 1978-06-16 Jasmine "Fish" Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer (Courage), born in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • 1978-12-04 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer
  • 1979-01-11 Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer, born in Kampung Awah, Malaysia
  • 1979-09-30 Vince Chong, Malaysian singer-songwriter
  • 1981-11-29 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor
  • 1981-12-14 Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
  • 1981-12-16 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
  • 1982-10-24 Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver
  • 1983-03-10 Che'Nelle, Malaysian Australian Singer
  • 1986-10-06 Mohammad Shukri, Malaysian cricketer

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-11-08 Malaysian actress Sazzy Falak (25) weds co-founder of LVG Consultants and LVG MoneySkool Nazril Idrus

Famous Deaths

  • 1875-11-02 James W. W. Birch, 1st British resident in Perak, Malaysia is speared to death while in the bath-house of his boat, SS Dragon at 49
  • 1914-11-14 Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayanar, Malayalin journalist (b. 1861)
  • 1942-02-14 Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 1949-12-10 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • 1950-03-02 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1951-10-06 Henry Gurney, British high commissioner to Malaya, assassinated
  • 1956-10-24 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • 1973-05-29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • 1976-01-14 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53

Person of interestTunku Abdul Rahman

1990-12-06 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), dies at 87

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1996-11-13 Swami Rama, Himalayan yoga master (b. 1925)
  • 2001-11-21 Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)
  • 2005-10-20 Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia (breast cancer) (b. 1941)
  • 2005-12-20 Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
  • 2007-01-23 Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • 2008-03-19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
  • 2009-07-25 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • 2009-09-17 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)