Christopher Columbus discovers America.


April 19, 1775 - September 3, 1783

The American Revolution (1775-83) is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. War of Independence.


July 1776

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies,[2] then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was passed on July 2 with no opposing vote cast.


1 January 1801

On 1 January 1801, the Great Britain and Ireland joined to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Events that culminated in the union with Ireland had spanned several centuries.



Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as a British colony.


1914 - 1918

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland—then consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, and the whole of Ireland—was one of the Allied Powers during the First World War of 1914–1918, fighting against the Central Powers (the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Bulgaria).


June 1959

Lee's party won a decisive victory, taking 43 of the 51 seats in the assembly, and Singapore gained self-governing status (except in matters of defense and foreign affairs). Lee was sworn in as prime minister on June 5, 1959, becoming the first prime minister of an independent Singapore.


7 August 1965

Singapore and Malaysia sign the separation agreement.


01 May 2004

Ten new states from eastern and southern Europe joined the European Union, making it the largest trading bloc in the world by population. Their inclusion sparked fears, stoked by lurid media stories, of a huge influx of 'economic migrants' from the poorer eastern countries to the wealthier western countries such as Britain.