This Day in Jewish History 1908: The Iraqi Jew Who Would Lead Singapore Is Born

Peeved with British criticism of Singapore as a ‘pestilential and immoral cesspool’, David Marshall would become the Asian nation’s first chief minister.

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March 12, 1908, is the birthdate of David Marshall, the first head of government of a semi-independent Singapore. Although Marshall’s tenure as Singapore’s chief minister was short – 14 months – many of his...