Singapore turns 45 today, 9th August 2010 (+8 GMT). We became independent on 9th August 1965 after being separated from Malaysia, thus becoming the first country to gain independence against our own will. Since then, Singapore has developed into a vibrant city in South East Asia.
Timeline of the History of Singapore
1819 - Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles
1942 - Singapore was invaded by the Japanese in World War II and was renamed Syonan-to, meaning Light of the South Island in Japanese. (昭南島 Shōnan-tō)
1945 - Japanese surrendered to the allies
1947 - Malayan Airlines (former identity of Singapore Airlines) took off for its first flight to Kuala Lumpur using an Airspeed Consul.
1948 - The first Singaporean elections was held and only British subjects were allowed to vote.
1958 - Singapore's National Anthem, Majulah Singapore, was composed by Zubir Said.
1959 - Lee Kuan Yew became the first Prime Minister of Singapore.
1963 - Singapore merged with Malaysia. Malayan Airways was renamed Malaysian Airways.
1964 - The 1964 racial riots broke out in Singapore
1965 - The Malaysian parliament voted 126-0 to kick Singapore out of Malaysia on 9 August 1965. Singapore became the first country to gain independence against her own will. Singapore was officially the Republic of Singapore and Yusof bin Ishak was appointed as the first President.
1966 - Malaysian Airways split into Malaysia-Singapore Airlines following the separation of Singapore from Malaysia. The Singapore Pledge as drafted by S.Rajaratnam, one of the founding fathers of Singapore.
1972 - Malaysia-Singapore Airlines split into Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines System.
1988 - Group Representative Constituencies were set up in Singapore to allow minority representation in Parliament.
1990 - Goh Chok Tong became the second Prime Minister of Singapore, preceding Lee Kuan Yew.
[Edited 2010-08-08 09:47:46]