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.
Kolkata is home to the oldest golf course outside the British Isles at The Royal Calcutta Golf Club.
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.
Kolkata is sister city to Long Beach, California.
The post of the Mayor of Calcutta was created in 1923 by an act of the Corporation. Deshabandhu Chittaranjan Das won the election in 1924 and became the first mayor of Calcutta.
Asia’s first modern University in Serampore (a Danish settlement) was built in 1827.
Kolkata is the largest metropolis of India by area.
Kolkata was the original headquarters of IBM Corporation in India before shifting to Bangalore on its return to operations in the country.
Kolkata is the eighth largest city in the world by population of metropolitan area.
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.