The bronze elephant at the Old Parliament House was a gift from King Chulalongkorn or King Rama V of Siam (Thailand) as a token of appreciation after his stay on 15 March 1871, the first by a Thai monarch. It was originally located at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall but it was replaced in 1919 with a statue for Stamford Raffles, which then was relocated to its current location. King Chulalongkorn otherwise known as Phra Piya Maharaj or the "the most beloved king", was the fifth sovereign of the royal dynasty which founded Bangkok and is credited for modernising Thailand.

 


 

 

The Lian Yak Building, better known as Hotel New World collapsed on 15 March 1986 at about 11.15am and killed 33 people, 17 survivors were pulled out from the rubble. It was one of the worst tragedies in post-war Singapore. The six-storey building at the junction of Serangoon Road and Owen Road collapsed due to structural faults and sub-standard construction. The hotel occupied the four upper floors, and a nightclub and a bank were on the lower floors. In 1994, the seven-storey Fortuna Hotel opened on this site and still stands today. (Source: The Sunday Times, 10 January 2016).

 

Read -> Hotel New World: When survivor and rescuer meet - A Yahoo Singapore exclusive by Nicholas Yong and Safhras Khan, 15 Mar 2016. (Cached)

 


 

The establishment of the Singapore School Transport Association was founded by Mr. Xu Kunfeng and Mr. Huang Qingquan and joined the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce as a member on 15 March 1992. The Association started with an initial 50 members, many of whom were self-employed school transport vehicle drivers. The purpose of the establishment was to unite people of the same trade for close cooperation, to improve services, avoid competition, mediate disputes and provide support to the members.

 



An exhibition featuring the skeleton of the sperm whale that washed ashore in 2015 will be open to the public at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum from 15 March 2016. The adult female sperm whale, named Jubilee Whale - or "Jubi" for short - was found off the coast of Jurong Island in July, during the nation’s Golden Jubilee year. Jubi is the first record of a sperm whale in Singapore waters. However, she is not the first whale to be on display in the country.

 

(Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/
singapore/singapore-s-sperm-whale/2584540.html)