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Singapore History Timeline

1900s continued
  • (1963) A security operation involved the arrest of 111 anti-government activists and key member of Barisan Sosialis opposition party
  • (1964) Ethnic riot between Malays and Chinese on Prophet Muhammad's birthday killed 23
  • (1965) Malaysian Parliament voted to expel Singapore from the Federation
  • (1965) Singapore and Malaysia signed separation agreement
  • (1965) Singapore joined United Nations
  • (1965) Yusof bin Ishak became first President of Singapore after Constitutional Amendment Act passed
  • (1967) Singapore was a founding member of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • (1967) First Singapore Dollar was issued
  • (1969) Seven days of riots left four dead, 80 wounded
  • (1971) Dr. Benjamin Henry Sheares became second President of Singapore.
  • (1971) Last of the British military forces withdrew from Singapore
  • (1974) Japanese Red Army bombed petroleum tanks on island of Pulau Bukom, hijacked ferry boat
  • (1976) PAP won all 69 seats in general election
  • (1978) Greek tanker Spyros exploded at shipyard in Singapore, killed 76 people
  • (1979) Singapore became world's second busiest port in shipping tonnage
  • (1980) PAP won all 75 seats in general election
  • (1981) C V Devan Nair became third President of Singapore
  • (1981) Worker's Party broke 16-year PAP monopoly of the House in elections
  • (1983) Panamanian-registered oil rig struck Singapore's cable cars, two cabins fell into sea, seven killed
  • (1983) Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew stopped the "end at two" children policy, started promoting larger families
  • (1985) President Devan Nair stepped down following sex scandal; Wee Kim Wee became president
  • (1985) Singapore experienced first recession resulting from government policies
  • (1990) USA and Singapore signed agreement giving American military forces access to facilities at Paya Lebar Airport, Sembawang Naval Port
  • (1990) After 31 years, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew stepped down; Goh Chok Tong became new prime minister
  • (1991) Four Pakistanis hijacked Singapore Airlines Flight 117; Singapore Special Operations forces stormed airliner, killed all hijackers, freed passengers and crew members
  • (1992) Singapore invoked a ban on chewing gum
  • (1993) Ong Teng Cheong became first directly-elected president
  • (1994) American teenager Michael P. Fay was convicted and caned for vandalizing cars
  • (1995) Barings, Britain's oldest merchant bank, collapsed following Nick Leeson's disastrous dealings on Singapore Stock Exchange; he was convicted, sentenced to six and a half years in jail in Singapore
  • (1996) Parliament passed Maintenance of Parents Law that parents who could not support themselves could seek financial contributions from their children
  • (1997) Silkair Flight 185 crashed into Musi River, all 104 people on board were killed
  • (1998) Singapore and USA agreed to let US ships use a $35 million naval base from 2000
  • (1998) Singapore slipped into a recession during Asian financial crisis
  • (1998) Malaysia banned Singapore's military and rescue planes from its air space, following Lee Kuan Yew's memoirs accusing Malaysia of "bullying" during the 1960s
  • (1999) S R Nathan became president without an election as he was the only candidate eligible to run
  • (2000) Singapore Airlines jet crashed on takeoff from Taiwan as Typhoon Xangsane approached, 83 killed
  • (2001) Doctors completed four-day operation to separate 11-month-old Siamese twins, Jamuna and Ganga Shrestha of Nepal
  • (2001) Anti-government rally took place to support opposition leader, J.B. Jeyaratnam, who faced expulsion from Parliament for bankruptcy
  • (2001) Malaysia and Singapore agreed to end their long-standing disputes and build new bridge and tunnel
  • (2001) PAP won majority of seats in general election
  • (2001) Pipeline from Indonesia's Natuna field in South China Sea opened to supply gas to Singapore
  • (2002) Singapore and Japan signed Japan-Singapore Economic Agreement

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Flag of Singapore
Land Area 687 km2
Water Area 10 km2
Total Area 697km2 (#176)
Population 5,781,728 (#113)
Population Density 8,415.91/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $488.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $87,100
Currency Dollar (SGD)
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