On 5 June 1823, Sir Stamford Raffles founded this first school in Singapore on this site. It was originally known as ”The Institution”. Old site of Raffles Institution is at Raffles City Shopping Centre. The Scheme was to provide for a total education system, beginning at the very elementary, and eventually, leading to the level of scholarship and reseach into the languages and cultures of the region.

 


 

 

The People’s Action Party (PAP) formed the first fully-elected government of Singapore. The first Cabinet of Singapore, was led by Lee Kuan Yew, who was elected as prime minister. It was formed on 5 June 1959, after securing a landslide victory in the 1959 general election.

 


 

Singapore Idol first premiered on MediaCorp TV’s Channel 5 on 9 August 2004. Many Singaporeans had called for a local version of American Idol after it was shown on Channel 5 and became a popular hit. Singapore Idol was open to both Singaporeans and foreigners between the ages of 16 and 30 and the grand prize was a platinum recording contract with international label, BMG. In light of the overwhelming response to the first-round of auditions held on 5 June 2004, which saw about 1,000 applicants, the auditions were extended by a day to 6 June. Singapore Idol proved to be a huge success. About 8,000 people turned up to watch the finals of the first season held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 1 December 2004. Over 1.1 million votes were cast, with Taufik Batisah dominating 62 percent of the votes, beating Sylvester Sim to be crowned the first Singapore Idol.