Singaporean History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1819-01-28 Sir Stamford Raffles lands in Singapore

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 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

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

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963-09-16 Federation of Malaysia formed by Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 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

/flags/singaporeSingapore Leaves Malaysia

1965-08-09 Singapore separates from the Federation of Malaysia and gains its independence

  • 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 E Afr & Singapore v Arg)
  • 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
  • 1996-04-02 Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Singapore Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore
  • 1996-04-07 Jayasuriya hits fastest ODI fifty off 17 balls v Pak, Singapore
  • 1996-04-07 Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win Singer Cup in 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
  • 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.
  • 2008-10-10 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
  • 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

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 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, President of Singapore

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 1924-07-03 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), born in Singapore (d. 2016)
  • 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- )

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1952-02-10 Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong
  • 1952-12-08 Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Health Minister
  • 1959-07-31 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, born in Singapore
  • 1959-11-09 Karin Mundinger, LPGA golfer (1985 Singapore Open-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1961-01-23 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive
  • 1961-01-25 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician
  • 1963-10-02 Libby Wilson, Brisbane Qld, golfer (1988 - Singapore Open)
  • 1964-07-14 Jack Kay Jr, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Singapore Open), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 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

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

Broadcaster Louis Theroux
Broadcaster
Louis Theroux
  • 1971-07-23 Christopher Lee, Singaporean actor and model
  • 1972-05-22 Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • 1972-09-15 Kit Chan, Singaporean singer
  • 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
  • 1976-02-06 Colin Teo, Singaporean Grand Prix driver
  • 1977-07-18 Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • 1977-07-27 Foo Swee Chin, Singaporean comic book artist
  • 1978-07-23 Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer
  • 1978-10-27 Vanessa-Mae, Singapore musician
  • 1979-04-24 Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
  • 1981-08-09 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • 1981-10-05 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer
  • 1981-12-10 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • 1983-04-06 Jade Seah, Singaporean model, host and actress
  • 1983-07-11 Kelly Poon, Singaporean singer
  • 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
  • 1990-01-10 Tao Li, Singaporean Olympic swimmer
  • 1991-11-27 Nur Atikah Nabilah, Singaporean Gymnast

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles
  • 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
  • 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, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
  • 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, Singapore Opposition Leader & former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party (b. 1926)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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