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Members of the public move towards Parliament House to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Free-to-use umbrellas for mourners waiting in line are seen returned on railings as members of the public reach a security point to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew who lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
People return official umbrellas before entering Parliament House to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public wait in line to pay their respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Members of the public wait in line with the financial skyline of Singapore in the background, to pay their respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Tents are set up to provide shade for members of the public, as they stand in line to pay their respects for the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Tents are set up to provide shade for members of the public, as they stand in line to pay their respects for the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Mourners line up to enter the parliament building where founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lies in state, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
Tents are set up to provide shade for members of the public, as they stand in line to pay their respects for the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Tents are set up to provide shade for members of the public, as they stand in line to pay their respects for the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Members of the public queue up to pay their respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly man goes though a security check before paying his respects to the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew where he lies in state at Parliament House in Singapore on March 27, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public grieve while paying respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television on Monday, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A vigil guard marches to his position beside the coffin of the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television on Monday, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Members of the public grieve while paying respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television on Monday, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Mourners line up to enter parliament where founding Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lies in state, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
Mourners line up to enter parliament where founding Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lies in state, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
Mourners line up to enter parliament where founding Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew lies in state, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
Ho Ching, second from left, walks to receive friends and colleagues surrounding the coffin of the late Lee Kuan Yew during a private family wake at the Istana, or Presidential Palace, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Singapore. Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television on Monday, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) and his wife Ho Ching (3rd L) leads Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (2nd L) and wife Rosmah Mansor (4th L) to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as he lies in state at Parliament House for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on March 26, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue near Cavenagh bridge at dusk to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House where he will lie in state for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on March 25, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the public queue on Cavenagh bridge at dusk to pay their respects to Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Parliament House where he will lie in state for public viewing ahead of his funeral in Singapore on March 25, 2015. Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died at the age of 91 on March 23.. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore, speaks during a session at the 17th International Conference on 'The Future of Asia' in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, May 26, 2011. The conference is hosted by Nikkei Inc. and the Japan Center for Economic Research. Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Tributes postered on the board is seen outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
People pay tribute outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore. Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister Lee Kuan Yew died Monday, the prime minister's office said. He was 91. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
A girl writes a well-wishing message on a board at the Tanjong Pagar community centre in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture of elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew and messages are placed outside the Singapore General Hospital where he remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A well wisher leaves a heart shaped sticker with her message to Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at a community center in his electorate on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Singapore. As the health of Lee deteriorated on the weekend, thousands of Singaporeans visited his hospital and a community center to leave flowers, gifts and emotional messages of support. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
A poster of elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew is surrounded by messages of support and flowers outside the Singapore General Hospital where he remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man looks at flowers and messages outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
A Singaporean family pay their respects when placing flowers and messages outside the Singapore General Hospital where elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore on March 21, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew 'has worsened', the government said, as the critically ill founding leader of the city-state entered his seventh week in hospital. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl writes a well-wishing message on a board at the Tanjong Pagar community centre in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl writes a well-wishing message on a board at the Tanjong Pagar community centre in Singapore on March 22, 2015. The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on March 22 as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government. AFP PHOTO / Roslan Rahman (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks past a banner displaying an image of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew at his port constituency of Tanjong Pagar in Singapore on March 17, 2015. Lee's health has worsened due to an infection after nearly six weeks in hospital, the government said on March 17. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
MEIZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) The picture shows ancestral home of Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Dangxi Village on February 27, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. The ancestral home of Lee Kuan Yew was named 'Zhonghandi' which was built in 1884 (also known as the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty) by his great-grandfather Li Muwen. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
MEIZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) The picture shows ancestral home of Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Dangxi Village on February 27, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. The ancestral home of Lee Kuan Yew was named 'Zhonghandi' which was built in 1884 (also known as the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty) by his great-grandfather Li Muwen. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
MEIZHOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) The picture shows ancestral home of Singapore's former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at Dangxi Village on February 27, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. The ancestral home of Lee Kuan Yew was named 'Zhonghandi' which was built in 1884 (also known as the reign of Emperor Guangxu in Qing Dynasty) by his great-grandfather Li Muwen. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on August 6, 2013, elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew attends the launch of his new book on international affairs, at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore. Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew remains critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit of Singapore General Hospital, the Prime Minister's Office said on March 20. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Copies of a new book by Singaporean elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew (unseen) are seen on sale after the launch at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore on August 6, 2013. Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is widely credited with transforming Singapore from an economic backwater to one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. AFP PHOTO/MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - AUGUST 09: Minister Mentor of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew attends the National Day Parade at the Float at Marina Bay on August 9, 2014 in Singapore. Singapore celebrates it's 49th birthday with a parade theme of 'Our People, Our Home'. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew (R) attends the launch of his new book on international affairs, at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore on August 6, 2013. Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is widely credited with transforming Singapore from an economic backwater to one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. AFP PHOTO/MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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