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1786
8.11.1786
Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
1816
10.21.1816
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.
1923
4.6.1923
The first Prefects Board in Southeast Asia is formed in Victoria Institution, Malaysia.
1934
9.1.1934
SMJK Sam Tet is founded by Father Fourgs from the St. Michael Church, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
1957
8.31.1957
The Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
9.17.1957
Malaysia joins the United Nations.
1963
8.31.1963
Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore achieve technical Independance pending accension to the Federation of Malaysia
9.16.1963
Malaysia is formed from the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak. However, Singapore soon leaves this new country,
1965
8.9.1965
Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the first and only country to date to gain independence unwillingly.
1967
8.8.1967
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
1969
5.13.1969
Race riots, later known as the May 13 Incident, take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1970
10.22.1970
Tunku Abdul Rahman resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia.
1972
2.1.1972
Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
1975
8.4.1975
The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include the U.S. consul and the Swedish chargé d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya.
1981
7.16.1981
Mahathir bin Mohamad becomes Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister; his 22 years in office, ending with retirement on 31 October 2003, made him Asia's longest-serving political leader.
1988
7.31.1988
32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.
1993
12.11.1993
Forty-eight people are killed when a block of the Highland Towers collapses near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1998
9.11.1998
Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.
9.11.1998
Opening ceremony for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is the first Asian country to host the games.
2003
10.31.2003
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
12.26.2004
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 over 250,000 people including over 1700 on a moving train
2008
5.23.2008
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.
2010
1.17.2010
2010 Penang dragon boat accident occurs in Penang, Malaysia