Bata Shoe Organisation opened their first shoe store in Singapore in 1931 with a retail outlet in the Capitol Building on Stamford Road. On 25 August 1931, the company was officially incorporated in Singapore. In 1939, Bata Shoe (Singapore) Private Limited opened the Bata Building on North Bridge Road next to the Capitol Building, which became a prominent landmark in that area. The building not only housed the store but also the factory and the offices. As one of the early affordable modern footwear shops in Singapore, Bata shoes became a huge success. The company began production of leather shoes in 1939. The war years saw the company suffering heavy losses with the Bata factory being completely destroyed. However, Bata resumed business on 2 January 1946 soon after the war, and since then there was no looking back. Bata became synonymous with good quality, medium-priced footwear and soon grew to be a household name.

 


 

The census of Singapore and Malaya in 1947 cost the British colonial government $1,185,000. Some 1,200 enumerators were hired to conduct the preliminary and final surveys in Singapore. As part of preparatory work, house-numbering was carried out from 1 April to 21 May 1947 where houses were marked with a census number and details of the house were noted. The preliminary census began on 25 August 1947 during which information on the occupants of a household was recorded.

 


 

The Singapore Progressive Party (SPP) was formed on 25 August 1947 by English-educated lawyers, C. C. Tan, John Laycock and N. A. Mallal.

 


 

A mass rally attended by more than 120,000 people was held at City Hall on 25 August 1963. Dubbed as the “blood debt” rally, it was organised by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) and supported by the Singapore government. The purpose of the rally was to press the Japanese government for a compensation or “blood debt” amount of no less than M$50 million to atone for the wartime atrocities committed by its army during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore (1942–1945). The call for compensation came in March 1962 after a number of mass war graves containing the bones of massacred civilians were discovered in various parts of the island, including Siglap and its surrounding area. These massacres were linked to Operation Sook Ching (a Chinese term which means “purging through cleansing”), which was an exercise carried out by the Japanese army to eliminate anti-Japanese elements among the Chinese community in Singapore.

 

(Source: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/
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A Bill was passed in Parliament on 25 August 1997 to corporatise the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). This was necessary to ensure the port remain responsive to the developments of the shipping industry and the demands of a marketplace. It would better able to seize new business opportunities and respond more effectively to future challenges.