Singapore and Malaysia Time Line

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Malacca falls to Portuguese

1511

Malacca came under Portuguese rule after falling to an army led by Afonso de Albuquerque.

Portuguese burn outpost

1613

Portuguese burn down a trading outpost at the mouth of Singapore River.

Dutch and Malaysians conquer Malacca

1641

The Dutch and their local allies conquered Malacca from the Portuguese.

The British occupy Penang

1786

The British occupy Penang.

Stamford Raffles arrives in Singapore

1819

Stamford Raffles arrives in Singapore with William Farquhar to establish a trading post for the British East India Company.

British occupy Singapore

1819

British occupy Singapore.

Singapore General Hospital

1821

Singapore General Hospital is established.

Raffles drafts

1822

Raffles drafts the Raffles Plan of Singapore to reorganise the island.

Dr John Crawfurd

1823

Dr John Crawfurd takes over as Resident.

Anglo-Dutch Treaty was signed

1824

The Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 was signed by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to address issues regarding trade rights in the Spice Islands.

The importance of tin increases

1840

The importance of tin increases, bringing an influx of Chinese tin miners to the western coast.

Malaysia goes to WW1

1914 - 1918

World War I

Kallang airport

1937

Kallang Airport is opened.

Japan bombs Singapore

1941

A lone Japanese aircraft drops propaganda pamphlets on Singapore Island.

Singapore bombs back

1943

Operation Jaywick occurs. Seven Japanese ships are bombed at Clifford Pier.

British reoccupy Malaysia

1945

The British reoccupy Malaya.

Malayan Union scheme introduced

1946

Malayan Union scheme introduced but is opposed, formation of United Malay National Organisation (Umno); Sarawak and British North Borneo become Crown colonies.

The state of emergency ends.

1960

The state of emergency ends.

Singapore becomes independent nation

1965

Singapore leaves Malaysia and becomes an independent nation.

Third Prime Minister appointed

1976

Tun Hussein Onn appointed as the third Prime Minister of Malaysia on Jan 15, a day after the passing of Abdul Razak.