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Timeline 20th Century

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1901

The Kuruppam Tomb

Lakshmi Narasamma the daughter of Narayana Gajapathi and wife of Vairicherla Veerabhadra Raju Bahadur of Kuruppam passed away and a memorial was constructed (The Kuruppam Tomb).

1902

Medical School

Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medical School was started near old Post Office.

1903

RCM Church

RCM Church started near Waltair Station.

1906

Bharata Mata

1907

Bipinchandra Pal

Bharata Mata monthly was started from Vizianagaram by B V Nad.

Bipinchandra Pal, NS Ramaswamy participated in meeting at Town Hall presided by B V Raju.

1908

Hindu Reading Room

Hindu Reading Room was established by Marepalli Ramachandra Sastry and Vikram Dev Varma.

Hindu Reading Room was established by Marepalli Ramachandra Sastry and Vikram Dev Varma.

1909

Kameswari

A magazine "Kameswari" was published from Vizianagaram by Puranam Suryanarayana Theerthulu.

1910

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal was constructed by Ramachandra Deo.

1910

Visakha Citizen Association

Visakha Citizen Association was established by B V Raju.

1911

Upadrashta Jaganndha Sastry

Visakha Mandali Political meeting was held at Vizianagaram presided by Upadrashta Jaganndha Sastry.

1913

Agriculture Reseach Centre

Regional Agriculture Reseach Centre was started in Anakapalle.

1913

1st March

Queen Mary's School was started with a noble cause of educating the young widows, They were given a stipend of Rs 15 every month.

1913

15th August

The present Collector's Building came in to use, The construction started in 1895 and completed in 1913 by Gannon & Dunkrely Co.

1914

King Edward VII Market

1915

Andhra Maha Sabha

King Edward VII Market also known as Kuruppam Market was constructed by Rajah of Kuruppam on the occasion of the King's coronation ceremony.

Third Andhra Maha Sabha presided by Raja Panuganti Ramanujum was organised. Separate Andhra State demand was raised here.

Swaraajya Seva Samithi was started by Marepalle Ramachandra Kavi.

1917

Hindu Reading Room

Hindu reading room was renovated G N Raju.

1919

National Congress

Visakhapatnam National Congress was formed.

Vijayarama Gana Paathasala started in Vizianagaram. Later it was affiliated to Andhra University 1948.

1921

30th March

Gandhiji spoke at the public meeting conducted at People's Park.

1916

Co-operative Bank

Visakhapatnam Co-operative Bank started its operation.

1918

22nd June

A meeting of Andhra Librarians took place in Town Hall presided by Raja Kocharlakota Venkata Krishna Rao.

1920

Burra Seshagiri Rao

Burra Seshagiri Rao started publishing "Sahitya" monthly magazine.

1921

8th April

Mahatma Gandhi stopped at Waltair Railway Station while returning from Vijayawada.

1922

Jute Mill

Binny company started a Jute Mill in Nellimerla.

Savara Tribe revolted against British for not allowing them to cut grass and Potatoes free of cost.

Red Cross started in Visakhapatnam.

Calow Whitered proposed construction of inner harbour by Bengal-Nagapur Railway co.

1923

19th July

1924

Bar Association

Bar Association was formed for the first time.

Civil Hospital which was started in 1845 was renamed as King George Hospital by Bhavanagar Raja. Raja of Panagal, Panuganti Ramaryanam started the Medical College, Capt F J Anderson as the Principal. The College was affiliated to Madras University.

Nataka Kala was published by Malladi Viswanadha Sarma.

1926

Rabindranath Tagore

1926

26th April

Rabindranath Tagore came to Visakhapatnam to attend Kavitha Samithi meeting conducted by MR Sastry, S L Narasimham, Puripand and Sri Sri.

Andhra University was started in Vijayawada, C R Reddy as the Vice Chancellor.

1926

Khadi Board

District Khadi Board formed.

1926

Dr C R Reddy

Dr C R Reddy became the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University.

Affiliation of Visakha Medical College was shifted to Andhra University.

1927

Karra Seetaramayya

1927

7th May

Swasakthi magazine was published by Karra Seetaramayya. Puropanda nad Mallemadugula as Editors.

Alluri Seetarama Raju was killed by Rutherford army.

1928

Vajjhual Kalidas

1927

Rajaputrabhivardhini

A Hospital was started for mentally ill and was later named as Mental Hospital in 1877. The building was completed in 1871 with 96 beds.

Saraswati Printing Press started as an associate of Sri Sarada Makuta Mudrakshaala and started Weekly Magazine Saraswati edited by Vajjhual Kalidas.

1929

Gangadhara

1929

28th April

Gangadhara a monthly magazine was started by Duvvuri Jagannadha Sarma.

Andhra University shifted to Visakhapatnam.

Gandhiji addressed a public gathering to raise funds for the upliftment of Harijans. Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao translated Gandhiji's english speech.

1929

29th April

Gandhiji was honoured by Khadi Association in Vizianagaram.

1929

1st May

Gandhiji addressed public in Anakapalle.

1929

Narasimha Raju

1929

1st May

Electrical Supply Corporation was started by Dantuluru Lakshmi Narasimha Raju.

Gandhi addressed a meeting near Bellam Market in Anakapalle. Since then the market was referred as Gandhi Market.

1930

Prema Samajam

Gandhiji came to Visakhapatnam during his Andhra Tour.

PREMA SAMAJAM was established by Sri Maredla Styanarayana.

1930

13th April

Uppu Satyagraham was organised for the first time by M R Sastry, Digumarti Ramaswamy, D Janaki Bai, T Viswanadham, K S Gupta, B Ch Y Sarma at Town Hall.

1930

4th May

Uppu Satyagraham at Dimili.

1930

December

Swadesi material exhibition was held which has inspired the banning of foreign material and cloth.

1931

1st May

1931

1st July

Dr Sarvepalle Radhakrishna took charge as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University.

AU College was started in Bobblili House (Telugu and History).

1931

Timpany School

CBM has started Timpany School.

District Court building was constructed.

Youth Congress meetings were held.

Vijanagaram - Raipur Rly Line was inaugurated.

1932

4th July

AU Science and Technology college started in Hotel Sea Shells with Sir Jahangir C Koyaji.

1932

Etikoppaka

1933

19th December

First Cooperative Sugar Factory was registered in Etikoppaka.

JalaDurga was the first ship to arrive at the port to export Manganese.

1933

28th December

1934

Satyavani Magazine

Gandhiji visited Visakhapatnam.

For the first time in INDIA - Commerce course was started in AU.

Satyavani magazine published in Anakapalle.

1934

M L Chitate

1935

25th November

20th Andhra Librarians Meeting was held.

1938

Power house

Hostel for Arts and Science Colleges was designed by M L Chitate and constructed by Brttania Buildings nad Iron Company.

1936

Labour Unions

Part of Visakhapatnam and Ganjam Districts were merged in Orissa.

V V Giri and Karunakar Subba Rao started Chittivalasa and Nellimarla labour unions.

Telephone facility started in Visakhapatnam.

2 x 750kva power house was started.

1939

K M Unnithan

1940

9th March

Operational Naval Base was started by British.

The First Indian as Collector to Visakhapatnam K M Unnithan.

Visakha Medical College was renamed as Andhra Medical College by C R Reddy.

1941

Vijayabheri

1941

21st June

Vijayabheri a cyclostyled magazine was published.

Andhra Bank, Vijaynagar Branch was started.

Foundation stone for Scindia Steam Navigation Company was laid by Dr Babu Rajendra Prasad under the chairmanship of Walchand Hirachand.

1941

JVD College

1942

2nd April

JVD College of Science and Ericson College of Natural Sciences were started in Andhra University.

Andhra Mahasabha was held and submitted a memorandum for separate Andhra State to Stafford Cripps.

1942

Rotary Club

1942

1st April

Rotary Club was started in Visakhapatnam.

Visakhapatnam was bombed by Japan near port area.

1942

12th April

1942

Second World War

HMIS Circars was established. This is first training centre for buoy cadets.

Andhra University was shifted to Guntur because of the Second World War.

1943

18th February

1944

Sarada Gana Paathasala

Students of AVN College and Andhra Medical College organised a fasting supporting Gandhiji's fasting.

Sarada Gana Paathasala was started in Chodavaram.

Andhra Bank Branch on Anakapalle.

1945

Law College

1946

July

Andhra Bank Branch in Visakhapatnam.

Law College was started in Andhra University.

Military Airport was established.

Andhra University shifted back to Visakhapatnam.

1947

Vandemataram

1948

Military Airport

Vandemataram Magazine.

Jijaya News Paper published in Vizianagaram.

Sri Natarajahamsa Music and Drama college was started in Visakhapatnam.

Military Airport was handedover to Civil Aviation.

Shipyard Cooperative Society Urban Bank was established.

Bharatiya Gana Sabha was established.

Jala Usha the First ship was launched by Jawaharla Nehru.

Jawaharlal Nehru came to Visakhapatnam to launch the first ship of Shipyard Jala Usha and stayed at Hawa Mahal.

1949

8th August

Sir C R Reddy for the first time described Visakhapatnam as the City Of Destiny during his speech on the occasion of launching of SS Jala Prakash, the 3rd Ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Company.

1949

Yogasramam

Yogasramam, a nature cure hospital was started in Waltair Uplands.

1950

Srikakulam separated

Srikakulam District was separated from Visakhapatnam.

1951

Indian Oxygen Ltd

Indian Oxygen Ltd was started in Nakkavanipalem by a Calcutta firm.

1953

J P L Gven

The Last British Collector J P L Gven.

1955

Caltex Oil Refinery

Engineering College was started in YLN Sabha by the initiation of Bezawada Gopala Reddy when V S Krishna was the Vice Chancellor.

Caltex Oil Refinery was started.

1956

Girijan Corporation

Girijan Corporation was established.
Branch of Life Insurance Corporation was started.
Polytechinic College was established.

1957

Industrial School

Industrial School was started.

Branch of Life Insurance Corporation was started in Vizianagaram.

1957

Light House

Light House was established on Dolphins Nose Hill at the height of 457 meters. The light can be seen upto 64 km.

1958

Bharatiya Tutorial College

Rajahmundry became the centre and for administrative convenience the area was devided into 3 divisions viz. Kakinada, Visakha and Ganjam.

Bharatiya Tutorial College was started.

1958

6th November

Lions Club was started in Visakhapatnam.

1958

Machkund Power project

Machkund Power project started by Babu Rajendra Prasad.
Indian Conference of Social Work Brach was started in Visakhapatnam to look after the cleanliness and health of slums.

1959

Seeleru Project

Anakapalle Cooperative Sugars was registered in Tumpala.

Seeleru Project started producing Power.

Industrial Estate was established.

1959

1st December

Zilla Parishad was formed in Visakhapatnam.

1960

DBK Railway line

Andhra Steel Corporation was started.

DBK Railway line work started with the financial assistance of Japan.

1961

Vizianagaram Municipal Council

Vizianagaram Municipal Association started and became a Municipal Council in 1866.

AP Electric Equipment Corporation started.

1962

18th May

INS Kalyani was established in Gandhygram.

1962

Hidustan Polymers

Hidustan Polymers was started in Goplalapatnam.

Chodavaram Cooperative Sugars Ltd was registered.

Town Planning Trust was formed.

Vizianagaram Jute Twine and rope was established.

Korukonda Sainik School was started.

1963

4th August

All India Radio started broadcasting.

1963

Light Metal Industry

Light Metal Industry was started.

Anglo American Consortium surveyed for Steel Plant in Visakha.

1964

1st February

Visakha Port Trust established.

1964

Ranji Cricket match

Ranji Cricket match was played for the first time.

1965

6th September

Govt. Library was started.

1965

Rani Chandramathi Devi

A 30 bedded Hospital for Physically handicapped was srtarted in a bunglow donated by Chimudu Queen Rani Chandramathi Devi.

1966

Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels

Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels was estatablished.

1966

10th January

Hindustan Zinc Ltd was established, which was earlier known as Metal Corporation of India.

1966

Visakha Dairy

Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels was estatablished.

1966

8th December

The First Submarine INS Kalvery joined Indian Navy and a Directorate was established of Submarines.

1966

Hydro Power Project

Machkund Hydro Power Project started.

1967

Coromandel Fertilizers

Coromandel Fertilizers started.

1971

Eastern Fleet

Eastern Fleet was established by Rear Admiral S H Sarma.

Dry Dock for Ship repairs was started.

1971

21st January

Foundation Stone laid for Visakha Steel Plant by Mrs Indiara Gandhi.

1971

25th September

CRPF was started in Port Trust.

1972

10th November

Foundation Stone was laid for Indira Zoological Park.

1972

23rd December

321 fighters and 1 helicopter was inducted in ENC.

1972

1st July

BVK College started.

1972

Bullayya College

Bullayya College Started.

1974

HPCL

HPCL formed merging Esso and Caltex.

1975

20th August

Visakha Women's College established.

1976

Dredging Corporation

Visakha Outer Harbour Construction.

Dredging Corporation was established.

1977

19th May

Indiara Zoological park was opened for public.

1977

15th October

MN Dastur & co submitted the Project Report for Steel Plant.

1978

VUDA & APSRTC

VUDA was established in place of Town Planning Trust.

APSRTC started its operations in Visakhapatnam with 121 buses.

1979

Municipality

Municipality became Municipal Corporation.

1979

1st June

Vizianagaram District formed.

1980

Gitam College

Gitam College started.

1982

Etikoppaka

Cooperative Society for toy makers started in Etikoppaka.

1985

5th May

Andhra Bhoomi.

1986

INS Satavahana

INS Satavahana established.

1989

VEPZ

VEPZ started.

1990

Naval Dock Yard

Asia's Biggest Naval Dock Yard was established.