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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

Singapore's Information

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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This page was last updated on May 3, 2017.