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.

Boxing Title Fight

1975-06-30 Muhammad Ali retains world heavyweight boxing crown by beating Englishman Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • 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

Historic Event

1999-08-01 Petronas Towers officially opened in Kuala Lumpur as the world's tallest building by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at 451.9 m (1483 ft)

  • 2003-10-17 Pinnacle 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) to become World's tallest high-rise
  • 2017-09-14 Fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, kills 23

Sports History

2018-07-15 Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao stops WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse in 7 in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout in 9 years and 60th career victory

Historic Event

2019-04-03 Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak goes on trial for the 1MDB corruption scandal in Kuala Lumpur, pleads not guilty

  • 2019-06-26 More than 5,000 smuggled turtles discovered in luggage at Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia, bound for India

Famous Birthdays

  • 1916-11-23 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1919-11-20 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1937-11-13 Kamahl [Kandiah Kamalesvaran], Australian singer (Elephant Song), born in Kuala Lumpur
  • 1960-03-16 Jenny Eclair [Hargreaves], British comedienne, author and actress (Grumpy Old Women, Loose Women), born in Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya
  • 1962-11-06 Aznil Nawawi, Malaysian host, actor and singer, born in Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
  • 1978-12-04 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer (Gemilang), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia