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.
Kolkata is sister city to Long Beach, California.
After the establishment of the first modern post office in Calcutta, the money order system was introduced here along with the rest of India in 1880.
Birla Planetarium is one of the oldest Planetariums in India. The only planetarium in the country, whose dome houses a collection of projectors and optical equipments expensively imported from East Germany. It is the largest planetarium in South-East Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world.
The University of Calcutta, India’s second oldest modern university was established in 1857.
Calcutta Medical College is the oldest institution of European Medicine in Asia.
Kolkata is the largest metropolis of India by area.
Kolkata based accountant Amitava Banerjee is the first single man in India (and South Asia) to father an in-vitro fertilised baby
Kolkata has a nickname, the 'City of Palaces' , because of the abundance of European-style buildings.
National Library is the largest library in India.