The new red-bricked building was officially opened and christened as the National Library of Singapore by the President of Singapore, Encik Yusof bin Ishak. The architecture was said to reflect the red-brick epoch of British architecture in the 1950s. The building was designed and built by the Public Works Department.
100 villagers lose homes in morning blaze which broke out shortly after 11 a.m. The destroyed nine attap houses in a kampong at Potong Pasir. off Serangoon Road. The Minister for Labour and Law. Mr. K. M. Byrne, visited Potong Pasir and distributed $10 and rice to each of the fire victims. About $1,000 was donated by the public through the Council of Social Services. The rice was contributed by the Catholic Welfare Service.
Heaviest rain was in the western half of Singapore when it started to rain since 4am and last for 12 hours. That caused widespread flooding all over the island. Hardest-hit area was at Wayang Satu along Bukit Timah Road. At one time, the flood water was at 4 feet high. Rows of stalled cars were left abandoned by the roadside. Other badly-affected areas were Queenstown, where the 2 feet high water flooded scores of homes. Even Orchard Road was turned into a muddy river with streams pouring into the flooded road. The Padang was a shallow lake.
The Housing & Development Board, HDB, was setup with Mr. Lim Kim San as its chairman. Over the next 4 decades, Lim Kim San went on to server as Minister for National Development, Finance, Defense, Education, Communications and the Environment.