Gradually, the attendance of the Sikh Sangat deteriorated and donations for the Guru Ka Langgar, or the Guru’s Kitchen, declined. In the 1930s, the Sikh community, led by General Sham Singh Rumi, held a public protest to have control over the Gurdwara Sahib returned to the community. The government eventually passed the Queen Street Gurdwara Ordinance on 24 October 1940, allowing the Sikh community to appoint their own board of trustees. On 1 November, the Queen Street Gurdwara Sahib Board of Trustees was established, represented by the Majha, Malwa and Doabha factions of the community.



Chinese Middle School Riots on 24 October 1956. Mr Lim Yew Hock was Singapore’s second Chief Minister after David Marshall’s resignation. His government took stern measures to put a stop on communist activities. In September 1956, Lim Yew Hock closed and banned two pro-communist organisations -- the SWA (Singapore Women’s Association) and the Chinese Musical Gong Society. The SCMSSU (Singapore Chinese Middle School Students Union) was also dissolved. This causes the violent students riots. What happened during the riot? The students camped at Chung Cheng High School and Chinese High School. They organised meetings and held demonstrations. This went on for about two weeks. On Oct 24, the government issued an ultimatum that the schools be vacated. As the deadline approached, rioting started at the Chinese High School.


The Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC) officially opened on 24 October 1960 with the passage of the Industrial Relations Ordinance 1960 (later replaced by the Industrial Relations Act). The court was set up to deal with matters concerning employer-employee relations and the settlement of trade disputes.


For this family planning campaign, the Singapore Family Planning and Population Board intensified its publicity efforts and aimed to change people’s desire to have large families. Compared with previous campaigns that encouraged people to have small families, the 1972 campaign stressed a two-child family norm by adopting a widely publicised “Please Stop At Two” slogan. On 24 October 1972, this message was given substantial force with the introduction of tough new measures to discourage families from having more than two children. The policies, which came into effect on 1 August the following year.



On 24 October 1973, boxing great Muhammad Ali fought in a five-round exhibition bout at the National Stadium of Singapore.



The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) was registered and became a legal entity on 3 October 1973 following the dissolution of the joint Association of Banks in Malaysia and Singapore. ABS held its inaugural meeting on 24 October 1973 with 41 members.



C V Devan Nair becomes the third President of Singapore on 24 October 1981.



6 Battery Road, formerly known as the Standard Chartered Building, is a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Singapore. It is 44 storeys tall and stands at a height of 174 m (571 ft). It has a total floor area of 46,060 sq m. The building also has three levels of basement which provides 190 parking bays. 6 Battery Road was designed by P&T Architects & Engineers Ltd and RSP Architects Planners & Engineers, and was completed in 1984. It incorporates feng shui elements in the design, and the opening date, 24 October 1984, was chosen for its auspiciousness according to Chinese Almanac.




This Bell Clock Tower is presented to the people of Singapore by Crystal Time (S) Pte Ltd, The Shaw Organisation, Raymond Weil S.A. Geneve on 24 October 1994.