Shenton Whitelegge Thomas, Sir, is associated with the fall of the British against the Japanese invaders to the Far East. After several appointments that saw Thomas rising the military ranks, he finally was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlement and High Commissioner of the Malay States. Landing in Penang on 9 November 1934, he travelled by special train to Singapore to assume his office. Shenton Way is named after him and he officially opened the Supreme Court in 1939.



The Chai Chee part-time branch library, was the fifth branch library of the National Library, occupied the corner office unit on the first floor of an HDB office building. It was located at the existing car park between Block 26A and Block 26, New Upper Changi Road. It was opened by Haji Sha'ari bin Tadin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Culture on 9 November 1974, after the demolition of the Joo Chiat Branch Library at the Community Centre whose readers were now served by a mobile library service.



On 9 November 1985, the zoo opened its first amphitheatre for holding animal performances.  The popular animal shows staged by the zoo, such as the sea lion, elephant, orang utan and snake shows, have evolved into professional and entertaining programmes that are highly educational in nature.


The establishment of the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony (PCRH) was provided under the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act passed on 9 November 1990. The act was introduced "to prevent religious tensions and conflict caused by insensitive and provocative acts, and to promote understanding, moderation, tolerance and respect for other religions”