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Events 1 - 34 of 34
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 - English 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.
1942-01-11 - Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
1946-04-01 - Formation of the Malayan Union.
1948-02-01 - Federation 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.
1950-06-03 - French expedition reaches top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal
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
1965-08-08 - Singapore leaves Malaysian Federation
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
1982-07-05 - ICC Trophy record p/ship, 257 Schoonheim/Liffman, Hol v Malay
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.
2010-01-17 - 2010 &ndash: 2010 Penang dragon boat accident occurs in Penang, Malaysia
Birthdays 1 - 34 of 34
1506-04-07 - Francis Xavier, saint/Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, & Japan
1903-02-08 - Abdulrahman, minister of Internal affairs/premier of Malaysia
1917-11-23 - Michael Gough, Malaya, actor (Search for the Nile)
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- )
1927-10-01 - Sandy Gall, Malaysian-born British journalist and newscaster
1930-10-24 - Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia
1931-12-24 - Jill Bennett, Penang Malay, actress (Lady Jane, Concrete Jungle)
1939-11-26 - Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician
1960-12-08 - Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party (DAP)
1962-01-22 - Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
1962-08-06 - Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress
1962-10-02 - Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
1962-11-06 - Aznil Nawawi, Malaysian host, actor and singer
1968-05-02 - Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress
1970-08-30 - Michael Wong Guang Liang, Chinese Malaysian singer
1972-11-30 - Adeline Ong, Miss Universe-Malaysia (1996)
1974-03-03 - Paula Malai Ali, Malaysian-Bruneian TV Presenter and Actress
1976-07-20 - Alex Yoong, Malaysian racing driver
1976-09-17 - Trincy Low, Miss Malaysia Universe (1997)
1978-06-16 - Jasmine Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer
1978-12-04 - Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer
1979-01-11 - Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer
1979-09-30 - Vince Chong, Malaysian singer-songwriter
1981-11-29 - Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor
1981-12-14 - Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
1981-12-16 - Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
1982-10-24 - Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysian racing driver
1983-03-10 - Che'Nelle, Malaysian Australian Singer
1986-10-06 - Mohammad Shukri, Malaysian cricketer
Weddings 1 - 1 of 1
2006-11-08 - Malaysian actress Sazzy Falak (25) weds co-founder of LVG Consultants and LVG MoneySkool Nazril Idrus
Deaths 1 - 14 of 14
1914-11-14 - Vengayil Kunhiraman Nayanar, Malayalin journalist (b. 1861)
1942-02-14 - Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
1951-10-06 - Henry Gurney, British high commissioner to Malaya, assassinated
1973-05-29 - P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
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
1996-11-13 - Swami Rama, Himalayan yoga master (b. 1925)
2001-11-21 - Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)
2005-10-20 - Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia (breast cancer) (b. 1941)
2005-12-20 - Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
2007-01-23 - Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
2008-03-19 - Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
2009-07-25 - Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
2009-09-17 - Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)