The first motor rally in Calcutta was held on 29th August,1904.
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.
The first newspaper of India was published from Calcutta. “Bengal Gazette”, a weekly newspaper published by James Augustus Hickey in January 1780 was the first paper to go into print from our country.
Greater Kolkata has more than 30 museums, which cover a wide variety of fields. The Indian Museum, founded in 1814, is the oldest in India and is the largest museum of its kind in the country. It is the ninth oldest regular museum of the world, and is the oldest institution of its kind in Asia Pacific region.
Taj Bengal, Kolkata, was the first hotel which is having its own ATM. Name the bank which setup the ATM for Taj Bengal is HDFC Bank.
Kolkata is the largest metropolis of India by area.
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 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”.
Till March 2006, Kolkata's oldest resident was the Adwaita, the 255 year old giant Aldabra Seychelles tortoise, whose residence was the 131 year old Alipore Zoological Gardens.
In order to facilitate and ameliorate the transport system in Calcutta, Mini Bus started running on the streets of the city from 10th May,1972.