Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Company establishes a trading post on Singapore island.
Singapore, Malacca, and Penang are combined to form the British colony of the Straits Settlements.
Trade booms in South East Asia as a result of the opening of the Suez Canal.
Singapore falls under British military rule following the defeat of Japan. The nation becomes a separate crown colony one year later.
Singapore becomes an independent republic.
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 and Japan sign a free trade agreement.
Singapore becomes the first Asian nation to sign a free trade agreement with the United States.
The government approves a controversial plan to legalize casino gambling, paving the way for the construction of two, multi-billion dollar casino resorts.
Singapore becomes the second country in the world after the U.S. to regulate virtual currencies such as bitcoins, in an attempt to prevent money-laundering.