On 14 December 1851 the first foundation stone of St. Joseph's Church was laid by the Vicar Father Vincente de Santa Catarina, and the building was completed in 1853 but in 1906 the Church was pulled down and the present replaced in in 1912.



On 28 February 1962, The Singapore Free Press merged with The Malay Mail – a paper that was first issued on 14 December 1896 and later bought by Straits Times Press in 1952 – and the latterbecame a national paper. The popular paper was distributed to all major towns with separate editions for Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. On 1 September 1972, with the split of Straits Times Press Group, the Malaysian operations changed its name to The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and took The Malay Mail with it. The Malay Mail continues to be in publication in Malaysia today.




The first Starbucks store opened on 14 December 1996 at Liat Towers, strategically located along the nation's renowned Orchard Road shopping belt. Then, Singapore was the third country outside North America to have a Starbucks Store. Liat Tower Starbucks was hit by the Orchard Road flood on 16 June 2010. The store was fully submerged under water and the store have to close for 2 months for renovation.