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 first Maternity ward in Calcutta was inaugurated on 19th April,1882, in the Medical College Hospital. The first patient was admitted on 17th July.
Kolkata has a nickname, the 'City of Palaces' , because of the abundance of European-style buildings.
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.
The Royal Calcutta Golf Club, established in 1829, is the oldest golf club in India, and the first outside Great Britain.
The first Medical conference in Calcutta was held on 29th December,1894.
Kolkata is the seventh most expensive city in India.
The Calcutta Rajdhani Express was introduced in 1969 with a maximum allowed speed of 120km/h, which was then the new speed limit for trains in India.
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.
The Grand Trunk Road (National Highway No. 2) is one of the oldest road routes in India and it runs from Howrah to Kashmir.