The Singapore Chronicle, the first newspaper in Singapore, was first issued on 1 January 1824 and it was started by Francis James Bernard, the son-in-law of William Farquhar. The Mission Press printed the early newspaper editions, and subsequently, the Chronicle had its own printing press at Commercial Square. This newspaper folded up in September 1837.

 


 

The history of POSBank dates back to 1 January 1877. The British Government established the Post Office Savings Bank in the General Post Office Building in Raffles Place. On 1 January 1972, the Bank was made a Statutory Board, under the care of the Ministry of Communications. In 1972, Mr William Lee, a prolific local artist, was commissioned to create the official POSB logo. POSB's iconic logo takes form of a key, the symbol of security, savings and prosperity. The logo was re-branded in 2007.

 


 

On 1 January 1890, the Societies Ordinance was implemented to abolish all secret societies in Singapore. Many societies reformed as smaller groups and registered themselves as either 'economic' or 'recreational' societies. Consequetly, secret societies lost their economic dominance. From legitimate economic institutions, secret societies changed into outlawed criminal associations.

 


 

The Bukit Brown Municipal Cemetery, located between Lornie Road and Mount Pleasant Road, was officially opened on 1 January 1922.

 


 

In 1923, the Straits Settlements government gave the British government a site for the new RAF (Royal Air Force) base at Seletar (Seletar Airport). It opened on 1 January 1930.

 


 

After the war in 1945, no value was accorded to the Japanese 'banana' notes then in circulation. New currency notes including $50, $100, $1,000 and $10,000 dated 1 January 1941 which had been printed in Britain before or during the occupation were put into circulation. The Board of Commissioners of Currency, Malaya ceased to exist on 1 January 1951 and a new agreement was negotiated with the governments of the Federation of Malaya, the colonies of Singapore, Sarawak, North Borneo (Sabah) and the State of Brunei.

 


 

On 1 January 1966, just months after the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, the Singapore Division of the Royal Malaysian Naval Volunteer Reserve was formed into the Singapore Naval Volunteer Force (SNVF). This naval force, although a volunteer one, was to be the predecessor of the Republic of Singapore Navy.

 


 

Prior to 1970, the various monetary functions associated with a central bank were performed by several government departments and agencies. As Singapore progressed, the demands of an increasingly complex banking and monetary environment necessitated streamlining the functions to facilitate the development of a more dynamic and coherent policy on monetary matters. Therefore in 1970, Parliament passed the Monetary Authority of Singapore Act leading to the formation of MAS on 1 January 1971. The MAS Act gives MAS the authority to regulate all elements of monetary, banking and financial aspects of Singapore.

 


 

Singapore time was adjusted 30 minutes ahead on 1 January 1982.

 


 

The Fullerton Building took a new role after being conserved and renovated to become a luxury hotel, The Fullerton Singapore was officially opened on 1 January 2001.

 


 

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax on domestic consumption. It started at the rate of 3%, it was then increased to 4 percent from 1 January 2003, 5 percent from 1 January 2004.

 


 

MediaCorp will discontinue TVMobile (TVM), launched in 2001, the free-to-air mobile digital television broadcast service on 1 January 2010. MediaCorp has decided to discontinue the service upon expiry of its current agreement with SBS Transit.