Singaporean History

Historical Events

  • 1819-02-06 Stamford Raffles founds Singapore as a British trading port
  • 1867-04-01 Singapore, Penang & Malacca become British crown colonies
  • 1886-03-01 The Anglo-Chinese School in Singapore is founded by Bishop William Oldham.
  • 1941-12-06 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • 1941-12-10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • 1942-02-08 Japanese armored barges cross Strait of Johore to attack Singapore (WWII)
  • 1942-02-14 World War II: Battle of Pasir Panjang contributes to the fall of Singapore.
  • 1942-02-15 World War II: British ruled Singapore surrenders to the Japanese
  • 1954-05-13 Chinese Middle School students in Singapore take part in anti-National Service riots

Historic Event

1954-11-12 Lee Kuan Yew and others form the People's Action Party (PAP) in Singapore to work towards self-rule in Singapore

  • 1956-06-06 David Marshall, Singapore's first Chief Minister, resigns.
  • 1956-06-07 Singapore government of Marshall resigns
  • 1956-06-08 Lim Yem Hock forms Singapore government
  • 1957-04-11 Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
  • 1959-06-03 Singapore adopts constitution
  • 1959-06-05 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister

Historic Event

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
  • 1964-08-25 Singapore limits imports from Netherlands due to Indonesian aggression
  • 1964-09-03 2nd incident that year of race riots in Singapore between Chinese and Malay, 13 people killed, 106 injured
  • 1965-08-07 Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore signs a separation agreement with Malaysia, after 2 years of political union
  • 1965-09-21 Singapore admitted as part of the United Nations.
  • 1967-08-08 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • 1970-01-09 Constitution of Singapore enacted
  • 1971-01-23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • 1979-05-22 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v East Africa & Singapore v Argentina)
  • 1990-11-28 Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew resigns, ending his term as Singapore's longest-serving Prime Minister
  • 1993-08-28 Singapore vice-premier Teng Cheong elected president
  • 1994-02-03 "Les Miserables" opens at Kallang Theatre, Singapore
  • 1995-02-26 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson

Sports History

1996-04-02 Sri Lankan cricket batsman Sanath Jayasuriya hits century in 48 balls (134 off 65), in 34 run win over Pakistan in Singapore; world ODI record

  • 1996-04-07 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pakistan, Singapore
  • 2000-10-31 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 006 collides with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan killing 79 passengers and four crew members

Historic Event

2004-08-12 Lee Hsien Loong succeeds Goh Chok Tong as Prime Minister of Singapore

  • 2005-12-02 Van Tuong Nguyen is executed in Singapore for drug trafficking.
  • 2007-10-25 The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
  • 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.
  • 2008-08-17 China wins its 33rd gold medal of the Beijing Olympics by beating Singapore in the table tennis women's team event; most successful Olympiad ever for China; wins all 10 singles and all 5 doubles matches
  • 2008-10-10 Singapore becomes the first Asian country to slip into a recession since the credit crisis began: growth has faltered as a result of less demand for exports, a reduction in tourism, and the end of the real-estate boom
  • 2009-07-14 Singapore experiences a seasonally adjusted and annualised growth of 20.4% in the second quarter as a result of increased pharmaceuticals production and construction, bringing the country out of the recession
  • 2010-08-14 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games opens in Singapore

Sports History

2014-10-26 American tennis star Serena Williams beats Simona Halep of Romania 6–3, 6–0 to successfully defend her WTA Finals title in Kallang, Singapore

  • 2015-07-04 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)
  • 2015-09-25 Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia

Sports History

2015-10-30 Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwańska wins the WTA Finals title at Kallang. Singapore; beats Czech Petra Kvitová 6–2, 4–6, 6–3

Olympic Gold

2016-08-12 Joseph Schooling of Singapore sets Olympic record 50.39 to win men's 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; rare 3-way tie for silver at 51.14, Michael Phelps (USA), Chad le Clos (South Africa) & László Cseh (Hungary)

Sports History

2016-10-30 Slovak tennis star Dominika Cibulková beats Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title decider in Kallang, Singapore

  • 2017-08-21 Destroyer USS John S McCain collides with an oil tanker near Singapore leaving 10 missing and 5 injured

Sports History

2017-10-29 Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki beats American Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title decider in Kallang, Singapore

Donald Trump Meets Kim Jong-Un

2018-06-12 Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump - first time a North Korean leader and an incumbent US President have ever met

  • 2018-10-11 World's new longest flight flies from Singapore to Newark Airport, New Jersey takes 17 hours 52 mins
  • 2018-10-28 Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina registers biggest win of her career when she rallies for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over American Sloane Stephens in a classic WTA Finals title decider in Singapore
  • 2019-04-08 14 tons of black market Pangolin scales from 36,000 animals discovered in Singapore, one of largest ever found worldwide
  • 2019-05-08 Singapore passes sweeping "anti-fake news" laws bill
  • 2019-06-25 Mirazur on the French Riviera crowned the world's best restaurant at ceremony in Singapore

Famous Birthdays

Stamford Raffles

1781-07-06 Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore, born in off the coast of Port Morant, Jamaica (d. 1826)

  • 1904-09-17 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • 1907-07-22 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)
  • 1910-08-12 Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore (d. 1970)
  • 1916-05-21 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), born in Singapore (d. 2017)
  • 1923-08-05 Devan Nair, Singaporean politician, President of Singapore (1981-85), born in Melaka (d. 2005)

Lee Kuan Yew

1923-09-16 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), born in Singapore (d. 2015)

  • 1924-07-03 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), born in Singapore (d. 2016)
  • 1926-01-05 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, born in Jaffna, British Ceylon (d. 2008)
  • 1935-09-09 Gopal Baratham, Singaporean author
  • 1936-01-22 Ong Teng Cheong, 5th President of Singapore (d. 2002)
  • 1941-05-20 Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
  • 1948-08-15 George Ryton, British engineer, born in Singapore
  • 1951-05-05 Rex Goh, Singaporean-Australian rock guitarist (Air Supply -"The One That You Love"), born in Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong

1952-02-10 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore (People's Action Party: 2004-present), born in Singapore

  • 1952-12-08 Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
  • 1959-07-31 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, (British Open 1993 4th, Presidents Cup 1994, 96), born in Singapore, Malaysia
  • 1961-01-23 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive, born in Kendal Regency, Indonesia
  • 1961-01-25 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician, born in Singapore
  • 1962-05-29 Fandi Ahmad, Singaporean soccer striker, manager (Singapore 101 caps), born in Singapore

Jet Li

1963-04-26 Jet Li [Li Lianjie], Chinese Singaporean actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed), born in Beijing, China

  • 1964-08-23 Kong Hee, Singaporean founder and Senior Pastor of the City Harvest movement in Asia
  • 1965-03-24 Gurmit Singh, Singaporean actor
  • 1968-03-10 Thio Li-ann, Singaporean law academic and Nominated Member of Parliament
  • 1969-11-23 Jonathan Seet, Canadian singer, born in Singapore

Louis Theroux

1970-05-20 Louis Theroux, English television broadcaster (Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends; When Louis Met....), born in Singapore

  • 1972-05-22 Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • 1972-09-15 Kit Chan, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • 1973-02-07 Kristin Godridge, Traralgon Aust, tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore)
  • 1973-03-23 Naoko Sawamatsu, Nishinomiya Japan, tennis star (1994 Singapore)
  • 1975-07-02 Daniel Kowalski, Australian swimmer (Olympics-bronze/silver-96), born in Singapore
  • 1977-01-07 Michelle Behennah, British model, born in Singapore
  • 1977-07-18 Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • 1977-07-27 Foo Swee Chin, Singaporean comic book artist (A Lost Stock of Children), born in Singapore
  • 1978-07-23 Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer (Yan Zi), born in Singapore
  • 1978-09-05 Zhang Zhong, Chinese-Singaporean chess player, born in Chongqing, China
  • 1978-10-27 Vanessa-Mae [Vanakorn Nicholson], Singaporean-British violinist and Olympic alpine skier, born in Singapore
  • 1979-04-24 Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne, born in Singapore
  • 1981-03-27 JJ Lin, Chinese singer (Music Voyager), born in Singapore
  • 1981-08-09 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • 1981-10-05 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • 1981-10-24 Tila Tequila, American TV personality (A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila), born in Singapore
  • 1981-12-10 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • 1983-04-06 Jade Seah, Singaporean model, host and actress
  • 1983-07-11 Kelly Poon, Singaporean Mando-pop singer (Project SuperStar), born in Singapore
  • 1984-12-14 Jackson Rathbone, American actor (The Twilight Saga), born in Singapore
  • 1986-08-31 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player
  • 1987-02-16 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer (bronze, 2016; world records for 50m and 200m), born in Singapore
  • 1990-01-10 Tao Li, Singaporean Olympic swimmer, born in Wuhan, China
  • 1991-11-27 Nur Atikah Nabilah, Singaporean gymnast, born in Singapore

Famous Weddings

Lee Kuan Yew

1950-09-30 First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (27) weds lawyer Kwa Geok Choo (29) in Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong

1985-12-17 Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong (33) weds Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching

  • 1996-02-15 Chinese actress Gong Li (30) weds Singapore-born businessman Ooi Hoe Seong (46) at Singapore's Registry of Marriages

Famous Deaths

Stamford Raffles

1826-07-05 Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore dies at 44 of apoplexy

  • 1942-02-14 Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 1970-11-23 Yusuf Bin Ishak, president of Singapore 1965-70, dies at about 60
  • 1978-04-25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • 1981-05-12 Benjamin Sheares, President of Singapore (1971-81), dies at 73
  • 1986-11-21 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), dies at 82
  • 1987-11-16 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • 1994-09-23 John van Damme, businessman, hanged in Singapore at 59
  • 2002-02-08 Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • 2005-05-02 Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 2005-12-06 Devan Nair, Singaporean politician, 3rd President of Singapore (1981-85), dies at 82
  • 2008-01-04 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • 2008-02-08 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • 2008-09-30 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, dies at 82
  • 2009-08-21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • 2010-05-14 Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)
  • 2010-06-17 K. S. Rajah, Singaporean jurist (b. 1930)
  • 2010-07-26 Sivakant Tiwari, senior legal officer of the Singapore Legal Service (b. 1945)
  • 2010-09-27 Balaji Sadasivan, Singaporean politician and neurosurgeon (b. 1955)
  • 2010-10-02 Kwa Geok Choo, wife of Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1920)

Lee Kuan Yew

2015-03-23 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), dies of pneumonia at 91

  • 2016-08-22 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), dies at 92