When rubber and tin tycoon Loke Yew died in February 1917, his wife Loke Cheng Kim took over the management of his assets. To take advantage of Malaya’s growing cinema industry, she and three partners incorporated Associated Theatres Ltd in Singapore in July 1935. The partners were Khoo Teik Ee, a relative; Max Baker, a British friend; and Loke’s son Wan Tho, then an undergraduate at Cambridge University. Khoo managed Associated’s businesses, which were initially film distribution and exhibition. He oversaw the building of the Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur, a 1,200-seat cinema that opened in 1936 and was the company’s first. From 1937, Khoo supervised the construction of the Cathay Cinema and Building, which later became an iconic building in Singapore. It featured the country’s first air-conditioned cinema and where one could sit in an arm chair to watch a film, which was rare in those days, the first and tallest skyscraper in Singapore and in Southeast Asia, with 16 storeys of apartments, a restaurant and a hotel - with a height of 83.5 metres from the Dhoby Ghaut entrance to the top of the building's water tower. The 1,300-seat Cathay cinema opened on 3 October 1939 with a screening of The Four Feathers. The Cathay Building was designed by British architect Frank W Brewer.


Formerly known as Pasir Panjang Park, it was renamed Kent Ridge Park in honour of the Duchess of Kent and her son, the Duke of Kent, who visited the ridge in 3 October 1952.


The Great Singapore Workout, a fitness routine under the National Healthy Lifestyle Programme, was launched on 3 October 1993 by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong at the National Stadium. The Workout is a specially designed aerobic programme of 15 steps with five basic steps. It aims to promote the message that exercise is necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.