Completed in 1841, the Insane Hospital was situated at the corner of Bras Basah Road and Bencoolen Street. On 17 August 1853, the Grand Jury suggested that the old Hospital building be torn down because it was inappropriate for convicts to be put in the Hospital by the Superintendent of Convicts as punishment. Dr Oxley was infuriated as this was untrue. Admissions were approved of only by himself and the Superintendent of Police. Further worsening the overcrowding, lunatics from Malacca were transferred to the Hospital. Dr Oxley's subsequent request for more staff was also turned down.



Merdeka Bridge was the first to be built after the Japanese Occupation, signifying Singapore’s growing affluence and hope for a prosperous future. Taking two years to complete, this 2,000-foot structure was the longest pre-stressed bridge in Southeast Asia. It officially opened on 17 August 1956, together with Nicoll Highway, by the then Chief Minister, Lim Yew Hock.



On 17 August 1966, the governments of Singapore and Malaysia announced that the Currency Board (Board of Commissioners of Currency, Malaya and British Borneo, 1960) would cease to have currency issuing power on 12 June 1967. This was because both countries could not agree on a satisfactory arrangement that was acceptable to both parties over the adoption of a common currency. After that date, Singapore and Malaysia would issue separate currencies.



On 17 August 1967, the pioneer batch of 900 full-time national servicemen was enlisted in the army’s 3rd and 4th Singapore Infantry Regiment (SIR).



Ang Mo Kio Public Library was officially opened on 17 August 1985 by Mr Yeo Toon Chia, Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio Constituency. A prominent landmark in the centre of Ang Mo Kio, the library was closed in April 2002 for upgrading and officially re-opened on 25 January 2003 by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of State for National Development.




Official opening of Hindhede Nature Park on 17 August 2001.