Key dates in the life of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of modern Singapore and the city-state's first and longest-serving prime minister.
— Sept. 16, 1923: Lee is born in Singapore, then a British colony.
— 1942-45: Education at Raffles College is interrupted by Japanese occupation of Singapore during World War II.
— 1946: Goes to England and studies law at Cambridge University, where he was known as Harry, a name his grandfather called him.
— 1947: Secretly marries Kwa Geok Choo, fellow student at Cambridge.
— 1950: Returns to Singapore.
— 1954: Helps form People's Action Party, becomes party's secretary-general.
— 1955: Wins seat in legislative assembly, starts law firm Lee & Lee with his wife.
— 1959: Lee becomes Singapore's first prime minister after People's Action Party wins decisively in general election. Britain grants Singapore self-governance in all matters except defense and foreign affairs.
— 1963: Lee declares Singapore's full independence from Britain, joins with Malaya to form Federation of Malaysia.
— 1965: Singapore splits from Malaysia to become independent.
— 1968, 1976, 1980: Under Lee, ruling party wins all seats in parliamentary elections.
— 1990: After Singapore enjoys more than two decades of spectacular economic growth, Lee resigns as prime minister. He is appointed senior minister and continues to wield influence.
— 2004: Son Lee Hsein Loong becomes Singapore's third prime minister.
— 2011: Gives up Cabinet minister post and resigns from executive committee of the People's Action Party after it fared relatively poorly in parliamentary elections.
— Feb. 5, 2015: Hospitalized with severe pneumonia.
— March 23, 2015 - Lee dies at Singapore General Hospital.