Chennai, also known as Madras, is the capital of the state of Tamil
Nadu and is India's fourth largest metropolitan city. It is located on
the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. With an estimated
population of 6.90 million, the 367-year-old city is the 31st largest
metropolitan area in the world. The city is a large commercial and
industrial centre, and is known for its cultural heritage and temple
architecture. The city is the automobile capital of India, with around
forty percent of the automobile industry having a base there. The 12
kilometre long Marina Beach forms the city's east coast and is one of
the longest beaches in the world. The city is also known for its sport
venues and hosts India's only ATP tennis event, the Chennai Open.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Vespasian (pictured) became the fourth Roman Emperor in the Year of
the Four Emperors.
Arthur Wynne published the first crossword puzzle in the New York
The animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, based on
the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm, premiered to a widely
The Lancaster House Agreement was signed, effectively ending the white
rule in Rhodesia under Ian Smith.
Pan Am Flight 103: A terrorist bomb exploded and destroyed a Boeing
747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270, including 11 on the ground.
Wikiquote of the day:
"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he
bounces when he hits bottom." -- George S. Patton