This Day in History: February 9

Kolkata: Victoria Memorial Hall 1757 – Calcutta restored to British control. Concluded this day in 1757 by Robert Clive, the Treaty of Alinagar restored Calcutta (now Kolkata)—which Clive had recovered in January from Siraj al-Dawlah—to British control and served as a prelude to the seizure of Bengal.


1996 – German physicist Peter Armbruster and his team of scientists synthesized chemical element 112, a heavy transuranium element that was later named copernicium.

Yury Andropov

1984 – Soviet Premier Yury Andropov died, 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev, and was replaced by Konstantin Chernenko.

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