India’s first cellular telephone service was started in Kolkata in July 31, 1995.
The Grand Trunk Road (National Highway No. 2) is one of the oldest road routes in India and it runs from Howrah to Kashmir.
The British built the first theatre hall in 1745 and called it the “Play House”. But it was the Russian theatre lover Horasim Lebedev who floated the first Bangla theatre production in 1795 based on an adaptation of “The Disguise”. Lebedev is also credited with building the first auditorium for Bangla play, the “Bengalee Theatre”.
The world’s second oldest Geological Survey came into existence in Calcutta in the year 1851.
The oldest hotel in Calcutta is the Great Eastern Hotel, which was built in 1835 by David Wilson. However the first hotel to come up in Calcutta was built by John Spence in 1830.
In spite of the establishment of Medical College in 1835, the hospital started operating thirteen years later. On 1st December,1852, this hospital was inaugurated with 500 beds.
The first Maternity ward in Calcutta was inaugurated on 19th April,1882, in the Medical College Hospital. The first patient was admitted on 17th July.
Construction of India’s first subway system began in Calcutta in 1973. In 1986, the first section of the subway system, the first in India, was opened in the city.
The Calcutta Medical College which was founded in 1835, is Asia’s oldest medical school.
The first motor rally in Calcutta was held on 29th August,1904.