Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore on 28 January 1819 to establish a free trading port. Travelling on the indiana with a squadron which included the schooner Enterprise, he anchored off at St John's Island at 4pm. The landing site of Raffles is along the Singapore River (picture). Singapore River quickly became the island's lifeblood, as commerce flourished along wharves like Boat, Clarke and Robertson Quays.


The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board was set up on 28 January 1954 following the enactment of the Central Provident Fund Ordinance on 11 December 1953. The CPF office was located in the Victoria Memorial Hall.


Singapore Airlines (SIA) is the national carrier of Singapore. It was incorporated as Mercury Singapore Airlines on 28 January 1972 before it was renamed Singapore Airlines on 30 June the same year. Mercury Singapore Airlines was previously part of Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA).


Then Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos visited the National Stadium on 28 January 1976.