Singapore's first National Day celebrations

SingaporeIn 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 Zoo

Singapore ZooThe Singapore Zoo (formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens) was opened in 1973 with a modest collection of about 300 animals from some 70 species. Situated ...

Eric R. Alfred

Eric Ronald Alfred (b. Johor, Malaya–) is a zoologist who became the first Malayan-born curator of zoology of the Raffles Museum (now known as the National Museum of Singapore) in 1956. He later served as acting director of the National ...

Singapore Flyer

Singapore FlyerClaimed as the world’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer took two-and-a-half years to build following its groundbreaking ceremony in September 2005. ...

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is Singapore’s first registered animal welfare organisation. The SPCA promotes civil society with the help of volunteer-members by preventing cruelty to animals and speaking ...

17th century Singapore Straits

The Singapore Straits is among the most geographically strategic sites in the maritime world. Ships sailing between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean had to, and still have to, sail around the southern coast of Singapore. Over ...

Sentosa Development Corporation

Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) was established on 1 September 1972 as a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to oversee the development, management and promotion of Sentosa island (previously known ...

Straits Settlements Volunteer Air Force

The Straits Settlements Volunteer Air Force (SSVAF) was created on 25 March 1936 with the goal of assisting the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the defence of Singapore. Its formation followed on the realisation that to rely on the Royal ...

White Paper on bilingual education in Chinese-medium schools

On 8 December 1953, the colonial government in Singapore issued a White Paper titled Chinese Schools Bilingual Education and Increased Aid. The White Paper proposed the introduction of bilingual education in Chinese schools in exchange ...

The 1955 Legislative Assembly General Election

The 2 April 1955 Legislative Assembly General Election (GE) was held to elect 25 out of 32 seats in the Legislative Assembly. It was the first time that a majority of legislators would be elected by popular ballot rather than appointed ...

Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act

The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act, 1968, was a piece of legislation that sought to define clearly the management rights of employers over employees through changes to the Industrial Relations Ordinance, 1960. The act was passed ...