Sophia Cooke was an Anglican missionary-teacher who made significant contributions to the Chinese Girls' School (now known as St. Margaret's School). She was also founder of the Sailors' Rest at Neil Road and the Singapore branch of the Young Women Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.). Cooke organised weekly worship services in Chinese and these eventually led to the establishment of the first Anglican and Presbyterian Chinese churches in Singapore. She passed away in Singapore on 14 September 1895 after a period of prolonged illness which began on 26 August 1895. Sophia Road, where the Chinese Girls' School (CGS) was once located, was named after her.



Founded on 26 August 1908 by a Canadian, AH Fair, Great Eastern began with only 15 staff and assets of $70,000 and was shaped by big names, including Lee Kong Chian, Runme Shaw and SQ Wong. Tan Chin Tuan became Chairman in 1969 during which the Company expanded to become the market leader in the region. In November 1999, Great Eastern Holdings Ltd was incorporated and became the holding company of Great Eastern Life. Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd has the distinction of being the oldest and most established life insurance company in Singapore and Malaysia. Additionally, they also operate in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brunei.



When Singapore separated from Malaysia on 9 August 1965 and declared independent on the same day, Television Singapura captured this historic moment. As a result of television, the nation became involved in its birth and was moved by the emotions of the event, especially when Prime Minister cried over his anguish at the separation. The station, which had joined Radio Singapura and been renamed Radio Television Singapura (RTS), expanded rapidly. Foundations for a new Television Centre was earlier laid out in November 1964, and on 23 May 1966, Channel 8 begun transmission from the new centre, and Channel 5 on 14 June 1966. A new $3.6 million building at Caldecott Hill that housed the Television Centre was officially opened on 26 August 1966.



On 26 August 1966, the Asian Development Bank ("ADB") Bill was passed in parliament to allow Singapore to ratify the international agreement to establish the bank, the ADB was set up for the purpose of providing loans and technical assistance to developing countries in Asia.



Opened on 26 August 1995, the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal served passengers commuting between Singapore and some Riau islands from 7am to 11pm daily.