Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company sets up a trading post on the island of Singapore.
The Straights Settlements, which include Singapore, Malacca, and Penang, become a crown colony of the British Empire.
The opening of the Suez Canal launches an era of prosperity for Singapore, as transit trade expands throughout Southeast Asia.
Singapore becomes a self-governing state.
Singapore joins the Federation of Malaysia.
Singapore becomes an independent territory and joins the United Nations.
Singapore is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
As the Asian financial crisis hits, Singapore slips into a recession.
Singapore signs a free trade agreement with Japan.
A free trade agreement is signed between the United States and Singapore, which is the first such agreement ever between the US and an Asian country.
The government approves a controversial plan to legalize casino gambling, paving the way for the construction of two, multi-billion dollar casino resorts.
A World Bank annual report concludes that Singapore is the best country in the world to run a business in.