Kuala Lumpur in History

Malaysia: Malacca - Penang - Sabah - Sarawak

Historical Events

  • 1942-01-11 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
  • 1969-05-13 Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1972-02-01 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • 1974-02-01 Kuala Lumpur is declared a Federal Territory.
  • 1996-07-12 Start of 1st "Super 8's" tournament in Kuala Lumpur
  • 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
  • 2003-10-17 The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 50 meters (165 feet) and become the World's tallest highrise.
  • 2017-09-14 Fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, kills 23

Famous Birthdays

  • 1916-11-23 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya (d. 2011)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Entrepreneur Tony Fernandes
Entrepreneur
Tony Fernandes