||The legendary prince Sang Nila Utama landed on Temasek (former name of Singapore) and renamed it Singapura.|
||Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles arrived in Temasek and gained possession of a fishing village for Britain through an agreement with Sultan Hussein of Johor and the Temenggong.|
||All of Singapore was transferred to the British East India Company in return for increased cash payments and pensions.|
||Incorporated into the colony of the Straits Settlements together with Penang and Malacca|
||Trade flourished with the opening of the Suez Canal and began to attract immigrants from the region.|
||Singapore became main British naval base in East Asia and Britain undertook extensive military construction.|
||Linked to Malaya by a causeway|
||Captured and occupied by the Japanese who renamed it Syonan (Light of the South).
||Britain dissolved the Straits Settlements and made Singapore a separate crown colony.|
||Singapore's first election of six members to the Legislative Council by popular vote|
||Riots sparked by the custody battle of Maria Hertogh (age 13) between her adoptive Malay family and her Eurasian parents - at least 18 people killed and 173 people injured|
||David Saul Marshall became the Chief Minister of Singapore after the first Legislative Assembly election.
||Lim Yew Hock, Marshall's deputy and minister for Labor became the Chief Minister.
||Singapore gained internal self-government but Britain remained responsible for its defense and foreign affairs.
||Lee Kuan Yew, the People Action Party's (PAP) leader, became Singapore's first prime minister.|
||The Housing and Development Board (HDB) was set up to develop public housing.|
||The pro-communist members of PAP formed a new political party, the Barisan Sosialis.|
||Singapore joined the Federation of Malaysia.|
||Ethnic riots between Malays and Chinese on Prophet Mohammad's Birthday at the Padang - 22 people died and 454 injured |
||Withdrew from Malaysia at Malaysia's invitation and became a sovereign state|
||Inche Yusof bin Ishak, head of state since 1959, became the first president ... a ceremonial office, elected by Parliament.|
||The British Government decided to withdraw its armed forces from Singapore by the end of 1971. Compulsory national service was introduced.|
||ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) established by the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.|
||The Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) and the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) were set up.|
||The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) was established to formulate and implement Singapore's monetary policies.|
||In January, Benjamin Henry Sheares became president.|
||In October, British military presence in Singapore came to an end.|
||The Five Power Defence Agreement (FPDA), which groups Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Britain, was set up for defence collaboration.|
||C.V. Devan Nair was elected president.|
||In a by-election. J.B. Jeyaratnam of the Workers' Party won the first seat to be held by the opposition.|
||The opposition won 2 of 79 seats in general election -- PAP's first loss of a seat in a general election since 1964.
||Devan Nair resigned the presidency and was replaced by Wee Kim Wee.|
||Lee Kuan Yew resigned as prime minister and designated Goh Chok Tong as his successor. Lee remained head of the People's Action Party and became a senior minister in Goh's Cabinet.|
||Goh Chok Tong was elected head of the People's Action Party.|
||Ong Teng Cheong of the People's Action Party became the country's first directly elected president.|
||Caning of American teenager Michael Fay for vandalising cars grabbed world headlines.|
||Nick Leeson's dealings on Singapore stock exchange led to collapse of Britain's oldest merchant bank, Barings. He was convicted and sentenced to six and a half years in jail.|
||Silkair Flight 185 crashed into Musi River near Palembang, Sumatra, with the loss of all 104 passengers and crew.
||Singapore slipped into recession for the first time in 13 years during Asian financial crisis.
||S R Nathan became president without election after he was declared only candidate eligible to run.|
|| Singapore Airlines Flight 006 crashed while taking off at Taipei airport, killing 81 passengers and crew.
||Singapore became first Asian nation to sign free-trade agrement with US.
||Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as prime minister.
||In April, the government approved a plan to legalise casino gambling - the construction of two multi-billion dollar casino resorts.
||In September, President S R Nathan began a second, six-year term after winning elections from which his rivals were disqualified.
||In December, an Australian man found guilty of drug smuggling was executed, despite high-level appeals for clemency.
||On May 23, the International Court of Justice awarded Pedra Branca's sovereignty to Singapore in its 28-year territorial dispute with Malaysia. Pedra Branca, a small island half the size of a football field, is located some 24 nautical miles to the east of Singapore. It houses the Horsburgh Lighthouse.