Spottiswoode Park Road is named after the merchant Charles Spottiswoode, who lived in this area. Together with John Connolly, he started a merchant firm in 1824 called Spottiswoode and Connoly. After John Connolly died in 1849, the company changed its name to Spottiswoode and Company the same year, with offices in the Change Alley. Charles Spottiswoode died in Singapore on 13 June 1858 and was buried at the Christian cemetery in Fort Canning. His tombstone continues to stand sentinel in the cemetery.


(Source: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics. Edwards & Keys, 1988:475; Lim, 2008:114)



Singapore's 10,000-strong Vigilante Corps celebrated its first birthday on 13 June 1965 with a grand rally and march past at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Some 3,000 of them took in the march past. The Yang di-Pertuan Negara, Tun Yusof bin Ishak, took the salute. The Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, and the Deputy Premier, Dr. Toh Chin Chye, whose Ministry is responsible for the corps, paid high tribute to them.


(Source: The Straits Times, 13 June 1965, Page 4)




On 13 June 1977, the first double-decker buses in Singapore began their service for Service 86. The launching ceremony was held at Tampines Way (today is Hougang Ave 3, near Blk 24 and 25), the first bus leaving the terminal at 11.30am with a handful of passengers on board. Service 86, part of a fleet of seven buses, all Atlantean double-deckers from British Leyland (SBS ordered 400 of them). The guest of honor was Mr Ong Teng Cheong, then Senior Minister of State (Communications), who launched the service.



On 13 June 2008, Singapore’s mobile subscribers will enjoy Full Mobile Number Portability, and with this, greater benefits in terms of flexibility and choice of subscription plans as competition among mobile operators is expected to intensify. Currently, Singapore’s mobile subscription stands at more than 5.8 million. The Full Mobile Number Portability solution will replace the current solution where a mobile subscriber holds two numbers, so that calls to his old number are Call-Forwarded to a new one. Singapore mobile subscribers were one of the first in the world to enjoy mobile number portability through this Call-Forwarding solution when it was launched here in 1997. When implemented from 13 June, Full Mobile Number Portability will allow anyone who wishes to keep their current number when they switch mobile operator, to do so by the next working day. This spares them the hassle of updating their family, friends, and business contacts about a new number.