Singapore’s first National Day celebrations

Singapore’s first National Day celebrationsIn 1966, Singapore celebrated its 9 August National Day for the first time. It was a week-long string of festivities that included a big parade, fireworks displays, cultural shows, and dinner parties. It was actually Singapore’s second National Day. The very first had been on 9 August 1965 when Singapore separated from the Federation of Malaysia to go its own way. On this day, it was simultaneously announced in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur that henceforth, Singapore would be "a sovereign, democratic and independent nation".

Singapore’s national flag

Singapore’s national flag In 1959, a new state flag was created to represent Singapore shortly after it became a self-governing state under British rule. Developed by a committee led by ...

National coat of arms (State crest)

National coat of arms (State crest)The National Coat of Arms or State crest together with National Flag was designed by a committee headed by Dr Toh Chin Chye. Both the State Crest and the National ...

Singapore’s national anthem

The Singapore national anthem, Majulah Singapura, was composed in 1958 by Zubir Said, a prolific songwriter, as the official song of the City Council of Singapore. After Singapore became a self-governing state under British rule on ...

National Pledge

The finalised version of the national pledge was largely drafted by then Minister for Foreign Affairs S. Rajaratnam in February 1966 as a way to promote national loyalty and consciousness among citizens following Singapore's separation ...

National day songs

The Singapore government has commissioned national songs since the 1980s. The early songs featured strong nationalistic themes and resembled advertising jingles. Since then, national songs have taken on a pop sensibility and become ...

History of general elections in Singapore

Since 1948, general elections have been held to elect representatives to Singapore’s legislature. The first election was held in 1948 to elect six unofficial members to the 22-seat Legislative Council. The electorate was, however, ...

Merdeka Bridge

Merdeka BridgeThe Merdeka Bridge spans the Kallang Basin, adjoining Nicoll Highway and providing a main traffic artery between the eastern part of Singapore and the city. Designed ...

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew (b. 16 September 1923, Singapore–d. 23 March 2015, Singapore) was the first prime minister of Singapore and held this post from 1959 to 1990. He oversaw its transformation from a developing ex-colony into one of Asia’s ...

Premiership of Lee Kuan Yew

The premiership of Lee Kuan Yew, which lasted over three decades from 5 June 1959 to 28 November 1990, was a dynamic period that saw the transformation of Singapore into one of Asia’s most stable and prosperous countries. Lee identified ...

Yusof bin Ishak

Yusof bin Ishak (b. 12 August 1910, Padang Gajah, Trong, Perak–d. 23 November 1970, Singapore) was Singapore's first president when Singapore became a republic on 9 August 1965. The presidency was a natural transition as Inche Yusof ...