On 22 August 1887 a new flashing light was used at the Horsburgh Lighthouse.

 


 

Lim Boon Keng was a pioneer Straits Chinese who actively sought to improve the status of the Chinese in Malaya through education and social activism. He held top positions in the Legislative Council and liaised actively with the Manchu government. On 22 August 1895, he was appointed Legislative Councillor. Although he was a mere 26-year old and despite opposition from the governor, public support for him was overwhelming. Especially after he gave moving public speeches rooting for the Chinese and Baba communities. He was reappointed in 1901 and again in 1915.

 


 

The government’s proposal and estimates eventually convinced the Legislative Council and on 22 August 1899, the council passed the motion authorising the Straits Government to build a 15-mile (about 24 km) railway from Singapore Town to a point on Johore Straits, located opposite the town of Johore, for the immediate purpose of carrying passengers between the two towns. It was envisioned that the railway would ultimately extend all the way to Burma. The Singapore-Johore Straits Railway, also known as the Singapore Government Railway or the Singapore-Kranji Railway, was opened  in  two  phases: the  first on 1 January 1903  and  the second on 10 April 1903.

 

(Source: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/
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On 22 August 1965, a convention organised by Malay/Muslims organisations was held to officiate the formation of PMBM Scholarships Fund Board (LBKM) with the support of 73 Malay/Muslim organisations.

 


 

On 22 August 1972, the Malay-asian Ship Officers' Union (MSOU) was renamed the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU). The new name reflected SMOU’s shift towards progress as a union of seafaring officers, and progress in the industrial relations scene. It was a shift towards co-operation rather than confrontation when negotiating with employers. A shift that builds relationships with an eventual benefit to union members and employees alike.

 


 

 

Sellapan Ramanathan,usually referred to as S. R. Nathan, was the sixth President of Singapore from 1999 to 2011, having been elected in uncontested elections in 1999 and 2005. In 2009, he surpassed Benjamin Sheares to become Singapore's longest-serving President. Nathan suffered a stroke on the morning of 31 July 2016 and was taken to Singapore General Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. He died in hospital on 22 August 2016 at 9:48 pm, aged 92.