The Dalhousie Obelisk, built 37 years before the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles was erected, is an obscure national monument that few Singaporeans notice and even fewer can appreciate its historical significance. The Dalhousie Obelisk can be found at Empress Place near the stature of Sir Stamford Raffles in front of Victoria Theatre. Construction of the Dalhousie Obelisk was completed in 1850 at its initial site on the river end of High Street, Dalhousie Pier (now no longer present) before it was moved to the Cenotaph site off Connaught Drive and later shifted again in 1911 to its present location. The purpose, as recorded in the archives, was to commemorate the visit of Lord James Andrew, the Marquise of Dalhousie, then Governor-General of India (1848-1856). In that period of history, the Governor of the Straits Settlement (of which Singapore was a part of) was directly answerable to Lord James Andrew. Marquise Dalhousie and his wife arrived in Singapore on 17 February 1850 and left on 20 February 1850 after a three-day stay.

 


 

In 1963, when Singapore joined the Malayan Federation the Special Branch became part of the Malaysian Special Branch. However, after separation from Malaysia in 1965, the Special Branch became part of the Ministry of the Interior & Defence until 17 February 1966 when it was formally established as the Internal Security Department (ISD).

 


 

Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) was first established in 1967 under the name Outward Bound School. It was Dr Goh Keng Swee, Minister for Defence & Interior and the Defence & Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association, who suggested setting up an Outward Bound School in Singapore to help build a "rugged society". It was a period of uncertainty for Singapore, who just gained independence. An island with limited resources, Singapore needed a “rugged society” that was ready to meet challengers & help ensure its survival. The school was set up by New Zealanders, Hamish Thomas & Al Cameron, who under the "Colombo Plan" were instrumental in developing Outward Bound. The first OBS course was organized on 17 February 1968

 

(Source: https://obs.nyc.gov.sg/about-obs/history)

 


 

In 1968, approval was granted for Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College to be established; and the College began a two-year development of a site at Fort Canning. The College was officially opened by the then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, on 13 February 1970 with Col Kirpa Ram Vij as the College Director. The first Command and Staff Course commenced on 17 February 1970.

 


 

Singapore's only school for Korean nationals, the Singapore Korean School, was established on 17 February 1993.

 


 

 

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Prior to its opening in 2010, it was billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including the land cost. The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011.