In 1955 there was The Great Singapore Traction Company (“STC”) Strike. In early January 1956, the Registrar of Vehicles offered short-term licences to the Chinese bus companies to operate services on some of the routes covered by the STC. While the STC buses were accumulating dust and grime in the garage, these companies seized the opportunity to cover portions of the STC-serviced routes on 3 January 1956. STC went back into operation in mid February 1956.


Jurong BirdPark, Asia Pacific's largest bird park and home to more than 8,000 birds of 600 species from around the world, was opened on 3 January 1971. The S$3.5 million park draws in both locals and foreign visitors to a learning experience about the life and natural habitats of the birds found within the region. In recognition of this, the Park has been awarded a number of local and international tourism awards. It is also noted for housing the world's largest walk-in aviary with the tallest man-made waterfall of over 30 m.




Chewing gum is banned in Singapore under the Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations on 3 January 1992. The ban, which includes all gum substances of vegetable or synthetic origin such as bubble gum and dental chewing gum, carries a hefty fine and possible jail term for those caught importing, selling or manufacturing chewing gum.