Penang in History

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur - Malacca - Sabah - Sarawak

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1867-04-01 Singapore, Penang & Malacca become British crown colonies
  • 1946-04-01 The Malayan Union is formed as a federation of the Malay states and the Straits Settlements of Penang and Malacca

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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

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1957-01-01 George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 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
  • 2016-04-07 Longest-ever captured python found on Penang in Malaysia (26ft/8m)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1930-05-29 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), born in Penang, British Malaya (d. 2013)
  • 1931-12-24 Jill Bennett, British actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle), born in Penang, Straits Settlements (d. 1990)
  • 1939-11-26 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician (5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, 2003-09), born in Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia