Singapore applied for membership to join the IMF and the World Bank on 8 September 1965. After the two institutions came to an agreement over the terms of the membership application on 21 February 1966, Singapore was given six months to accept the membership offer.



After Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965, the first call-up of 9,000 youths for the independent nation was initiated on 21 February 1967 – by none other than her own Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew at the Toa Payoh Community Centre in which he revealed that the Government would introduce National Service on a large scale. The cream of Singapore’s youths would have to serve two years in the Armed Forces on leaving school.




On 21 Februray 2008, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awards the Youth Olympic Games hosting rights to Singapore ahead of Moscow by a vote of 53 to 44.