Sir Stamford Raffles was a man of great foresight. Working for the East India Company, he sailed out to the Far East and saw the potential of Singapore, then a swampy island with 150 fishermen and pirates. On 16 January 1819, a fortnight before his landing in Singapore, Raffles wrote: "The island of Singapore has, on its southern shores and by means of the several smaller islands which lie off it, excellent anchorage and smaller harbours, and seems in every respect most peculiarly adapted for our object. Its position in the Straits of Singapore is far more convenient and commanding than Riau, and for our China trade passing down the Straits of Malacca, and every vessel that sails through the Straits of Riau must pass in sight of it".



After World War II, the Chinese found it difficult to attend higher education in the Nanyang area. The people decided to start a university in Singapore, a university that can provide tertiary education in Chinese in the region. The idea of establishing a Chinese university was first mooted by Mr Tan Lark Sye on 16 January 1953 at the Executive Committee and Supervisory Committee of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.



Gleneagles Hospital was incorporated on 16 January 1958 and opened in 1959, is one of Singapore's largest private hospitals. Owned by Parkway Group Healthcare Pte Ltd, the biggest private healthcare company in Asia, the hospital is a state-of-the-art building on Napier Road, offering services in over 30 medical specialities.



The merger of Malaya and Singapore into Malaysia brought the integration of the two separate library associations. In January 1964, both the Persatuan Perpustakaan Tanah Melayu (Library Association of Malaya) and the Library Association of Singapore agreed that there should be one library association for Malaysia with the Library Association of Singapore becoming a branch. Thus on 16 January 1965, the Library Association of Singapore was reconstituted as the Persatuan Perpustakaan Malaysia, Chawagan Singapura (Library Association of Malaysia, Singapore Branch).



Screeb grab of Sriwijaya Air website - 2006


Sriwijaya Air, an Indonesia-registered airline, was given a warm reception by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on 16 January 2009. The airline, which commenced flight operations at Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 2 on 18 December 2008, operates 14 weekly scheduled flights between Singapore and Jakarta.