The Clean Air Act was passed by Parliament on 2 December 1971. The Act conferred the government the power to control air pollution caused by industrial and trade premises. Under the Act, a director for Air Pollution Control was appointed. The Act also required the occupier of any industrial or trade premise to maintain and operate the equipment on his premises in line with prescribed regulations such as those concerning the types of equipment and fuel to be used or the rate of emission of air impurities. The director and authorised officials have the power to conduct checks on such premises and penalise them when necessary, should they be found guilty of an offence under the Act. If found guilty, the occupier could be fined S$500 per day for each subsequent day if the offence continues to be performed, not exceeding the amount of S$10,000.



Monsoon rains brought on Singapore's worst floods on 2 December 1978 causing seven deaths and hundreds to be evacuated. Seven people died during the floods (six were drowned and one was electrocuted by a 'live' lamp post). More than 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes by army and police boats from five submerged areas, namely, Kampung San Teng, Potong Pasir, Lorong Buang Kok, Lorong Kudang, Lorong Kinchir and Lorong Chuan.



Located along Connaught Drive, the area was given conservation status on 2 December 1994. It is the site of the Singapore Cricket Club which was officially founded in 1852. Built in the 1860s and with new wings added in the 1900s, the building is of the late Victorian period.




The College of Medicine Building was subsequently gazetted as a national monument on 2 December 2002.