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Malaysia - Historical Events
Date Event
1786-08-11

Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia

1816-10-21

The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.

1817-01-22

British freighter Diana sinks off Malaysia

1923-04-06

The first Prefects Board in Southeast Asia is formed in Victoria Institution, Malaysia.

1934-09-01

SMJK Sam Tet was founded by Father Fourgs from the St. Michael Church, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

1948-02-01

Federation of Malaysia forms from 9 sultanates

1948-12-12

Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali Massacre - 14 members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaysia allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village.

1957-08-27

The Constitution of Malaysia comes into force.

1957-08-31

Malaysia (formerly Malaya) gains independence from Britain

1959-04-16

Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation

1962-07-31

Federation of Malaysia forms

1963-07-09

Federation of Malaysia forms

1963-09-16

Malaysia formed from Malaya, Singapore, Br No Borneo & Sarawak

1964-09-02

Indonesian paratroopers lands in Malaysia

1965-08-09

Singapore gains independence from Malaysia (National Day)

1967-08-08

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

1969-05-13

Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1970-09-23

Abdul Razak bin Hussain becomes premier of Malaysia

1972-02-01

Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

1975-06-30

Heavyweight Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Bugner in Malaysia

1988-07-31

32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.

1994-04-25

King Azlan Shah of Malaysia resigns

1998-06-27

Opening of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

1998-09-11

Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.

2003-10-31

Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir's 22 years in power.

2004-03-21

In Malaysia, the 11th Federal and State elections are held, returning the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional to power with an increased majority.

2004-12-26

A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people.

2008-05-23

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.

2008-11-13

Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports

2009-03-04

Malaysia has a 50% chance of slipping into the recession as growth is expected to reach just 0.5% for the year, announces the executive director Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research

2010-01-17

A dragon boat from Chung Ling High School capsizes and collides with a tugboat amid strong currents in Penang, Malaysia, killing 6 people and injuring 12

2013-08-21

37 people are killed and 16 are injured in a bus crash near Chin Swee Temple, Malaysia

2014-03-08

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history

2014-07-17

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes (presumed shot down by either pro-Russian separatists or the Ukrainian militia), killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board

2014-10-16

New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council

2017-01-17

Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Called Off After Nearly 3 Years

2017-02-16

Malaysia Arrests Second Woman in Killing of Kim Jong-un's Half Brother

2017-02-19

Malaysia searching for four North Korean suspects in Kim Jong Nam murder

2017-02-23

North Korea blames Malaysia for death of its citizen: KCNA

2017-02-26

Malaysia declares airport safe for travel after nerve agent attack

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Malaysia - Birthdays
Date Event
1903-02-08

Abdulrahman, minister of Internal affairs/premier of Malaysia

1917-12-10

Sultan Yahya Petra, King of Malaysia (d. 1979)

1918-05-13

John Johnston, British diplomat (Rhodesia, Malaysia)

1919-11-20

Dulcie Gray, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, actress (Mine Own Executioner)

1920-11-25

Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, King of Malaysia (d. 2000)

1922-03-11

Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77)

1925-12-20

Datuk Seri Mahathir bin Mahamad, premier of Malaysia (1981- )

1925-12-20

Mahathir Mohamad, 10 Things You Don't Know About Malaysia

1930-05-29

Eddy Choong, Penang, Malaysia, Chinese badminton player, (d. 2013)

1930-10-24

Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia

1962-01-22

Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia

1972-11-30

Adeline Ong, Miss Universe-Malaysia (1996)

1976-09-17

Trincy Low, Miss Malaysia Universe (1997)

Malaysia - Deaths
Date Event
1976-01-14

Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53

1990-12-06

Tunku Abdul Rahman, PM of Malaysia (1957-70), dies

2001-11-21

Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)

2005-10-20

Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia (breast cancer) (b. 1941)


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