Dec 8: At 3am, Japan begins its conquest of Malaya by bombing Singapore
Dec 10: Japanese bombers sink two battleships off the coast of Kuantan. The HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were sent to defend Singapore.
Jan 28: British military officer Arthur Percival, who is in charge of the Malaya Command, orders troops to withdraw from Malaya to Singapore by Jan 31.
Jan 31: Johor Causeway dynamited
Feb 15: Britain surrenders Singapore to Japan; the last issue of The Straits Times is published (above, left).
Sept 5: The Allied troops land in Singapore after World War II ends.
Sept 7: The Straits Times resumes publication (left).
Sept 12: Japan surrenders officially, bringing the
Occupation to an end.