When the Japanese surrendered on 15 August 1945, Euphoria broke out and it was the first opportunity for people to enter Sime Road Camp in search of their interned friends or relatives. These included Boy Scouts who cycled up to the camp looking for their Boy Scout Commissioners. On 3 September 1945, internees celebrated their newfound freedom with a simple Church service including a flag-raising ceremony, where the Union Jack was raised. Lady Daisy Thomas, the wife of the Governor, Sir Shenton Thomas presided over the ceremony.




Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival (pictured) was the British commander who surrendered Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.  Percival spent the next 3 years as a prisoner-of-war, first at Changi, then in Formosa (Taiwan) and finally in Seian in Manchuria. On 3 September 1945, Percival was called to witness General Yamashita's formal surrender to Major-General Leavey, the Special Representative of Lieutenant-General William D. Styer, Commanding General of the American Forces Western Pacific Area. In 1946, he retired from the army with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-General.


The 1964 race riots were a series of riots that took place in Singapore during two separate periods in July and September between Chinese and Malay groups. The second race riot occurred just two months after the first, on 3 September 1964. This time, a Malay trishaw-rider was found murdered in the Geylang neighbourhood. His attackers were believed to be a group of ethnic Chinese. The race riot ensued in the neighbourhoods of Geylang, Joo Chiat, and Siglap, and the government again imposed a curfew. In this incident, 13 people were killed and 106 people were injured. With the presence of troops and imposition of curfews, these tensions eased after a few days. Nearly 500 people were arrested.


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Singapore officially applied to join the UN on 3 September 1965, less than a month after it separated from Malaysia on 9 August 1965. Rajaratnam submitted the application to UN Secretary-General U Thant via cable (The Straits Times, 4 Sep 1965, p. 12). Under the UN Charter at the time, a new member application had to be sponsored by at least two Security Council members and would be successful only after receiving the endorsement of the Security Council as well as a vote of two-thirds of the General Assembly (The Straits Times, 13 Sep 1965, p. 1). When Singapore applied for UN membership, there were 11 members in the Security Council. They comprised of five permanent members (United States, United Kingdom, France, Republic of China and the Soviet Union) and six non-permanent members (Malaysia, Jordan, Ivory Coast, Bolivia, Uruguay and the Netherlands) (The Straits Times, 4 Sep 1965, p. 12).




The Company was incorporated in Singapore on 21 December 1970 under the name of Isetan Emporium (S) Pte Ltd. On 3 September 1981, the name of the Company was changed to Isetan (S) Ltd when it became a public company. It is principally engaged in the trading of general merchandise and the business of operating departmental stores. Isetan was the first Japanese department store in Singapore when it opened in 1972.


Senior Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew mooted the idea of the SAFTI MI in Feb 1982 when he felt that the old SAFTI at Pasir Laba Camp was expanding too fast, without a master plan to accommodate its needs. After detailed planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Jun 1990, officiated by Mr Lee who was then PM. Former Minister of Defence Dr Yeo Ning Hong laid the Foundation Stone on 27 Oct 1992. The new military institute held an open house on 3 September 1995 with military displays, video shows, a children's spot drawing competition, performances by the Music and Drama Company and the Power 98FM Radio Station.


On 3 September 2011, the new bus interchange at Serangoon opened. The fully air-conditioned bus interchange, costing about $18.8 million, is directly linked to the Circle Line (CCL) and North East Line (NEL) Serangoon MRT stations via nex. Known as an Integrated Transport Hub (ITH), the new 7,000 square meters facility is the fifth such facility where bus interchanges and MRT stations are seamlessly linked with adjoining commercial developments.