The first Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was a leader who was loved and respected by all Indians and admired by the world for his ideals and statesmanship. Nehru was a good friend of Singapore. A keen traveller, he first visited Singapore on 26 May 1937 as part of a pan-Malayan tour. During his trip, he spoke to a gathering at Farrer Park and to the Indian Chamber of Commerce, urging the local Indian community to be united and pay more attention to education.



Singapore Municipality notice that from the 22 May until 26 May 1950, traffic on the Rochore Canal will be permitted to pass under Victoria Bridge only between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6.30 a.m., so as to enable repair work on the Gas Mains under the bridge to be carried out.



Mobile Library Services were initiated by the National Library Board in 1960. This was mainly to ease the overwhelming demands made on its services at the main library building in Stamford Road whilst continuing to provide library services to more people. Mobile library services at Tanjong Pagar and West Coast Community Centres established in July 1964. The third service point at Nee Soon Community Centre began on 26 May 1965. A fourth service point began in February 1966 at Bukit Panjang Community Centre. In 1967, six new mobile library service points were started at the Community Centres of Chong Pang (January), Kaki Bukit (February), Kampong Tengah (March), Bukit Timah (July), Changi 10 m.s. (October) and Paya Lebar (November). This was made possible by a New Zealand government grant of £$10,000 (S$85,000) which enabled the purchase of 23,519 books in 1966 for the mobile library service.



The Pharmaceutical Trade Association (PTA) was founded on 26 May 1966. The necessity of forming an association came about when Singapore imposed an import quota on pharmaceutical products soon after Singapore became independent. PTA made representations to the Government, which finally resulted in the abolishment of the quota system.



Singapore’s first imported case of H1N1-2009 (Influenza A) was confirmed on 26 May 2009. Patient zero was a 22-year-old female third-year business undergraduate at the Singapore Management University (SMU). She had travelled to New York, United States, with 18 other SMU students and a university lecturer for a 10-day study trip  from 14 to 24 May.


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