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Singapore History Timeline

2000s continued
  • (2003) SARS virus outbreak occurred in Singapore and other parts of Asia
  • (2003) Singapore became first Asian nation to sign free-trade agreement with USA
  • (2003) Container ship ran aground off Singapore's coast, leaked 165 tons of fuel oil into the sea
  • (2003) 1991 ban on chewing gum was revised to allow sale of gum for health benefits, available only through pharmacies
  • (2004) Section of Nicoll Highway collapsed, four killed
  • (2004) Oil tanker and car ship carrier collided, car ship with 4,000 cars sank south of Singapore
  • (2004) Eldest son of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Lee Hsien Loong, was sworn in as prime minister
  • (2005) Singapore and Malaysia ended dispute over land reclamation work in border waters
  • (2005) Government approved plan to legalize casino gambling
  • (2005) President S R Nathan won second term in elections as rivals were disqualified
  • (2005) Singapore and India entered into free-trade agreement
  • (2006) Ruling PAP won general elections
  • (2007) Two African men were executed for drug smuggling in spite of clemency appeals
  • (2007) Singapore became first to operate Airbus A380, world's largest passenger plane
  • (2008) Suspected leader of Islamist militant group, Mas Selamat Kastari, escaped from jail; security forces conducted massive manhunt
  • (2008) Singapore slipped into recession due to global financial crisis
  • (2008) International Court of Justice awarded Singapore sovereignty over disputed island at entrance to Singapore Straits after 28-year dispute with Malaysia
  • (2008) China and Singapore signed free trade agreement
  • (2009) Mas Selamat Kastari, suspected leader of the Islamist militant group, was arrested in Johor state in Malaysia, near border of Singapore
  • (2009) Pirates armed with guns attacked tug and barge in Malacca Strait on its way to Singapore, kidnapped two crew members
  • (2009) Miss Singapore World gave up crown after it was made public she had stolen credit cards to go on shopping spree for lingerie
  • (2010) Emergency teams worked to contain thousands of tons of crude oil that spilled in Singapore Strait after two ships collided
  • (2010) Singapore Stock Exchange unveiled multi-billion dollar bid for the company that owns the Australian Stock Exchange
  • (2010) Annual report issued by Transparency International showed Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tied as world's least corrupt countries
  • (2010) World Bank's annual report said Singapore was best country to run a business
  • (2011) PAP won majority of seats in general election
  • (2011) President S R Nathan stepped down
  • (2011) Tony Tan was elected president
  • (2012) Government-appointed committee recommended major pay cuts for ministers, including prime minister and president
  • (2012) Chinese bus drivers went on strike complaining that Malaysian drivers received higher pay
  • (2012) Singapore and the European Union (EU) signed a regional trade agreement
  • (2013) Demonstrators held rally protesting government's plans to increase population with foreign workers
  • (2013) Smoke from fires in Indonesia smothered Singapore and large areas in Malaysia
  • (2013) Singapore police arrested 14 people identified as part of crime gang involved in global match-fixing in football
  • (2013) Riot with over 400 foreign workers broke out after Indian migrant worker was knocked down by a bus, 27 were arrested, 18 injured
  • (2014) Singapore became second country in world to regulate virtual currencies, such as bitcoins, to prevent money laundering

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