Calcutta Medical College is the oldest institution of European Medicine in Asia.
The Royal Calcutta Golf Club, established in 1829, is the oldest golf club in India, and the first outside Great Britain.
The establishment of Medical College in Calcutta started on 28th January,1835. Officially, it began on 20th February. However, it started functioning from 1st June onwards with 50 students.
Till March 2006, Kolkata's oldest resident was the Adwaita, the 255 year old giant Aldabra Seychelles tortoise, whose residence was the 131 year old Alipore Zoological Gardens.
National Library is the largest library in India.
Raja Sukhomoy Roy of Pathuria Ghata introduced the manual fan or man-pulled fan in Calcutta during Durga Puja celebration in his residence between 1784 to 1790 approximately.
India’s first cellular telephone service was started in Kolkata in July 31, 1995.
In 1795, two mahogany saplings were brought from West Indies and planted at Shibpur Botanical Gardens. They were the first mahogany trees grown in Indian soil.
Kolkata is the eighth largest city in the world by population of metropolitan area.
The Calcutta Corporation decided to make all the unmetalled roads of the city macadamized on 11th September, 1794.