At a public meeting held in the Town Hall (at today location of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall) on 13 December 1901, a resolution was passed to build a memorial hall for Queen Victoria, who had passed away on 22 January 1901. The Town Hall was to be incorporated into the design. This task was executed by R. A. J. Bidwell of Swan & Maclaren. The design is considered Palladian in style, a common style for 19th century British Singapore.



The Ministry of Education (MOE) was established in 1955. MOE also followed through with the white paper’s call for equal treatment of all schools regardless of their language medium. On Chew Swee Kee’s recommendation, then the first minister for education, the government enacted the Education Ordinance on 13 December 1957. The legislation, still in force today as the Education Act, laid the basis for equality in education.




The present site of the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, started out its life as a hospital for the British in 1850, before being taken over by the Tan Tock Seng Paupers’ Hospital in 1861 (which had started out at Outram). After the TTSH moved up to Balestier Hill, the site then passed into the hands of the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH), who have been operating there ever since. After the 1950s, a garden pavilion was also built for patients to relax. In 1960, the final main front block facing Serangoon Rd was completed for wards and administration after a $300,000 fund raising effort. The foundation stone for this main block was laid on 13 December 1959 by Leung Yun Chee, the founder of the Leung Kai Fook Medical Company (maker and distributor of Axe Brand Universal Oil).



On 13 December 2003, 10-year-old Megan Zheng became the first Singaporean actress to win the Taipei Film Festival Golden Horse Award for Best New Performer (co-recipient) with her role in Jack Neo's movie Homerun. 



The first flight of sister airline Jetstar Asia Airways took off from its Singapore hub to Hong Kong on 13 December 2004. This marked Qantas' entry into the Asian low-cost market. Qantas has a 42.5% stake in Jetstar Asia's ownership.