Week 2: 08 Jan to 14 Jan

8 January

Following independence on 9 August 1965, Singapore took over its own postal functions in stages and was admitted to the Universal Postal Union on 8 January 1966.

When the previous land was requisitioned by the Government, Singapore Khalsa Association ("SKA") acquired another piece of land, this time at the corner of Balestier Road and Tessensohn Road and since 8 January 1969, SKA has proudly stood there.

A cover of My Paper dated 3 September 2009

My Paper was first published on 1 June 2006 and was the first free Chinese-language newspaper in Singapore. It started with a daily circulation of 100,000 copies and was initially published from Tuesdays to Saturdays. On 8 January 2008, My Paper was relaunched as the first full-fledged bilingual newspaper in Singapore. Singapore Press Holdings announced in October 2016 that My Paper and The New Paper (TNP) will combine to form a revamped TNP that will be distributed free from December 2016.


9 January

Anglican High was officially opened on 9 January 1956, and led by her first principal, Rev. Huang Yang Yin. Three Chinese teachers, three English teachers, and 123 male students began education at St Andrew's Secondary School. Later on, female students were admitted.

On 9 January 1990, the first batch of F-16 Fighting Falcons flew into the Paya Lebar Airport, marking a new era of air operations in Singapore. Acquired to replace the ageing fleet of Hawker Hunters (Singapore's first fighter aircraft), the F-16s manifested a quantum jump in technology.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 opens for operations on 9 January 2008.


10 January

Prince Albert Victor and Prince George of Wales arrived on Johnston’s Pier landing platform, it once stood opposite Fullerton Square, on 10 January 1882.

On 10 January 1965, Singapore’s first open-heart operation, repair of an ostium primum defect in a young Chinese female, was successfully performed by Yong Nen Khiong and his surgical team. Open-heart surgery in Singapore was thus born.

Expo MRT station opened on 10 January 2001, sporting a "space age" architecture designed by world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster.


11 January

Tenders were called for the construction of a three-storey building (Telok Ayer Church, picture). The French firm of Bross and Mogin made the lowest tender fee of $46,000, a sum that excluded foundation work and the architect's fee. The architectural firm that designed the building was Swan and Maclaren. On 19 January 1924, the foundation stone was laid by Bishop George Harvey Bickley. Work started and the building was ready in December 1924. On 11 January 1925, the Telok Ayer Church was consecrated by Methodist Bishop Titus Lowe.

Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists (SAOT) was formed on 11 January 1975.

On 11 January 2014, St John Singapore reached a new milestone when the London headquarters elevated St John Singapore to that of a Priory in the Order of St John.


12 January

The Boys’ Brigade was introduced to Singapore by James Milner Fraser, an architect from Britain. He was a former member of the 23rd Aberdeen and the 33rd London Companies. On 12 January 1930, Fraser started the 1st Singapore Company at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church.

On the 12 January 1942, the first major daylight air raid on Singapore. Henceforth, the island is bombed everyday up to the British surrender (with the exception of 19 January).

$1 Front design: "Sha Chuan" Back design: "Sentosa Satellite Earth Station". First issued on 12 January 1987.


13 January

After the surrender of the Japanese in Malaya in September 1945, the accolades for Lim Bo Seng, a former student of Raffles Institution and Hong Kong University, began to flow in. Lim Bo Seng's widow, Madam Choo Neo, was only informed of his death after the Japanese surrendered. The Nationalist Government in China accorded to him a posthumous rank of Major-General and a grand funeral procession was held on 13 January 1946 on the steps of Municipal Building (today's City Hall). His coffin was taken to a hill in MacRitchie Reservoir for burial.

On 13 January 1954, the World Bank announced that it would send, at the joint request of Malaya, Singapore and the United Kingdom, a mission comprising 13 members to Malaya and Singapore to study the general economic conditions of the two countries.

"The Concourse" 41 storeys, along Beach Road, designed by architect Paul Rudolph, officially opened on 13 January 1994.


14 January

Several fires have gutted Arab Street since the early days, and a great fire of 14 January 1889, caused much damage.

The Raffles Library and Museum reopened to the Singapore public on 1 December 1945 after three and a half years of Japanese Occupation. Junior Library was reopened on 14 January 1946.

On 14 January 1957, Queenstown Secondary Technical School was completed and officially opened at Strathmore Avenue. The pupils and staff at Tanjong Katong Secondary Technical School, who had chosen to move to Queenstown, occupied the new buildings, consisting of three main blocks. It was renamed Queenstown Secondary School in 1993 as the school had evolved to offer both academic and technical education.