Mandapam - a memorial to the father of the nation, is
opened at Guindy. The spot is immediately recognisable by
the temple gopuram styling of its portals.
southern regional office of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)
opens. This is Chennai's first highrise building. With its
clean lines in concrete, steel and glass, LIC is one of the
most recognisable landmarks in the city.
Academy opens its T. T Krishnamachari Auditorium.
The auditorium hosts the annual Music Festival, which has
become the most significant synthesis of Carnatic Music study
Flyover (originally called Gemini Flyover, after
the film studio, off its southern end) opens to traffic. This
is the city's first Flyover.
a social worker in the slums of N.S.K. Nagar, receives a dehydrated
baby boy; brought to him by a rickshaw puller, who had discovered
it, abandoned in a cinema hall, after a night show. This marks
the beginning of Udavum Karangal - an institution that
now houses and cares for around 1500 inmates.
fire guts the magnificent Indo-Saracenic structure of Spencers
on Mount Road. The building was pulled down after the fire,
to make way for the modern structure, from where the supermarket
A devastating fire burns down Moore Market, which
had been the city-shoppers', particularly the book lovers'
main haunt since 1900.
storm uproots the trunk of the 200-year-old Banyan tree (the
second biggest in India) in the Theosophical Society
campus. But over 1000 roots have helped keep the tree flourishing.
This tree shades over 40,000 sq.feet of ground.
Madras is rechristened Chennai. While Madraspatnam
was the English settlement near Fort St George, Chennapatnam
was essentially a Telugu settlement near the Fort.
wholesale vegetable and fruit market, at Kothawal Chavadi,
is moved to the massive Koyambedu Complex on the city
Numerous Flyovers are built in the city to help reduce traffic
congestion at key points.
Tidel Park at Taramani is opened to Information Technology
enterprises. This Software Park gives Chennai its very own