Read Bridge, beam structured bridge, located in the Singapore River Area. It was opened by Governor Clementi Smith officially in 1889, and it was named in honour of political and social activist, and merchant William H. Read, who laid the first cylinder for the bridge in 1887. The bridge was opened by the Governor Cecil Clementi Smith on 18 April 1889 and named in honour of the politically and socially active merchant, William H. Read. Read Bridge replaced an earlier bridge, Merchant Bridge which was designed by Captain Faber of Madras Engineers and had been built in the 1880s, to allow for tongkangs (bum-boats) to pass under it. It is also sometimes called the Green Bridge because of its colour.



Wee Chong Jin was the first Singaporean and Asian to head Singapores Supreme Court Judiciary when he was appointed Chief Justice in 1963. As Chief Justice, until he retired in 1990, he held the record for being the longest serving Chief Justice in the Commonwealth. A man of many achievements, he was conferred the honorary doctorate in civil law from Oxford University in 1987. On 18 April 1992, he was conferred Honorary Member and Fellow for life, Singapore Academy of Law. Wee Chong Jin passed away on 5 June 2005 due to complications arising from a year of battling lung cancer.



On 18 April 2005, the Singapore government approves the plan to legalise casino-gambling and build two integrated Resorts in Marina South and Sentosa.




The doors of Singapore's first natural museum, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, officially opened on Saturday, 18 April 2015. The museum showcases centuries-old exhibits from a unique collection.