New World amusement park was one of Singapore’s earliest amusement parks (1923). The amusement park was also well-known for its cabaret shows and opened the first one in Singapore on 19 December 1929. The first show featured a company of 30 cabaret girls and vaudeville artistes who were considered “the cream of Manila” and personally picked by the park’s co-founder Ong Peng Hock.

 


 

Katong Park bathing pagar, Singapore's first public sea swimming enclosure. It was opened on 19 December 1931 by W Bartley, President of the Municipal Commissioners. At 50 yards (about 45 metres) in length, extending 100 feet (about 30 metres) into the sea, it had 40 dressing rooms. The place was closed in the 1960s when the coast was reclaimed.

 


 

Pearl’s Hill headquarters (PHQ) was opened on 19 December 1934, by H.E. the Governor Sir Shenton Thomas. PHQ was originally occupied by the Sikh Contingent of the Police Force. It was then the singlemen’s barracks and Sikh Headquarters Offices.

 


 

On 19 December 1968, the Book Council was finally registered as a non-profit, charitable organisation, and was formally inaugurated on 13 February 1969 by the then Minister for Culture, Mr Jek Yeun Thong, with 12 members representing government and non-government educational, cultural, publishing, printing, library and bookselling associations and institutions.

 


 

 

Wheelock Place (伟乐坊) is a 21-floor office tower and shopping mall. The building was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1994 as Lane Crawford Place (达卡佛坊). It is now owned by Wheelock Properties, a division of Hong Kong's The Wharf. It was the site of Borders' flagship Singapore store until its closure in 2011. Wheelock Properties (Singapore) Limited, formerly known as Marco Polo Developments Limited, was incorporated in Singapore on 19 December 1972 and listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) on 6 May 1981.

 


 

The Pharmaceutical Trade Association (PTA) was founded on 26 May 1966. The necessity of forming an association came about when Singapore imposed an import quota on pharmaceutical products soon after Singapore became independent. PTA made representations to the Government, which finally resulted in the abolishment of the quota system. On 19 December 1975, the Association's name was changed to the Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (SAPI) so as to encompass a wider spectrum of pharmaceutical related businesses into the Association, namely the trading houses, manufacturers, representative offices and pharmacies.

 


 

National bowler Peter Lew’s mother and 3 siblings were shot dead in a mysterious murder case on 19 December 1980. The four died in their Joo Chiat home, but no traces of the killer were found as the house was not forced into and nothing was heard by the neighbours.

 


 

The 1992 parliamentary by-election was held on 19 December 1992 to elect four members of parliament (MPs) for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). It was called by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in his own constituency after he and three of his People’s Action Party (PAP) colleagues had resigned as MPs for the Marine Parade GRC on 1 December.

 


 

Singapore-bound SilkAir Flight 185 crashed into the Musi River at southern Sumatra on 19 December 1997, killing all of its 104 passengers and crew members. 46 Singaporeans died, including the pilot Captain Tsu Way Ming.