The Calcutta Football League is the oldest league in Asia and one of the oldest in the World. It was started by the British at the end of the 19th century in 1898. Interestingly, since 1934 only one club besides the Maidan big three, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting, was able to win the league title, it was Eastern Railway in 1958.
On November 1830, the first ever horse driven bus plied on the heart of Calcutta. It would be 1922 till the first motor driven bus arrived in Calcutta. And the famous double decker buses started plying between Shyambazar and Kalighat from 1926.
The Calcutta Women’s Football League is the oldest league for women in India. It was started by the Indian Football Association in 1993.
The first motor rally in Calcutta was held on 29th August,1904.
Ronald Ross discovered the virus while working in Presidency General Hospital on 20th August,1897. For this remarkable achievement, he was awarded the Nobel prize in 1902.
Kolkata is the world’s largest processor of jute.
Kolkata based physician Subhash Mukhopadhyay was the second doctor to perform a successful in-vitro fertilization in the world leading th the birth of Kanupriya Agarwal, alias Durga.
Kolkata was the original headquarters of IBM Corporation in India before shifting to Bangalore on its return to operations in the country.
The Calcutta Mounted Police was born in 1912. They were virtually the body-guards of the Viceroy and the Governor. In later years, the 'Mounted Police' became indispensable for combating sudden violent scarmishes and reinstating peace and order in the anarchy-prone areas. At the inception horses for the 'Mounted Police' were brought from Australia. These horses were cared and looked after meticulously but of when they grew old, they were shot dead mercilessly. Then, they were sent to the zoo for being fed by the carnivores.
The first currency bill of India was printed by the British from a Calcutta mint in 1757.