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Chennai, previously known as Madras, is the capitol of the Tamil Nadu state in southern India, located on the Bay of Bengal. It is the eminent site of industry and commercialism in southern India.

It has existed since at least the 1st Century, and many believe that it existed long before that. Today, the city is a major location for economy, business, finance, and education. It is home to one of the largest libraries in Asia.

People Born in Chennai

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Chennai in People's Lives

Charles Hector d'Estaing: I fought here in 1758 at the Siege of Madras. Defeat was inevitable, but I advanced alone at the British, most likely with the full expectation that I would be killed. Instead, I was unhorsed and wounded. British forces chose not to kill me, most likely in admiration of my solo charge. I spent six months at a French hospital here, doing my best to refuse offers of parole.

Magnus Carlsen: I traveled here in November of 2013 to compete in the World Chess Championship. I stayed at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel, and during the opening ceremony of the tournament, I read a book to keep me focused. I won, making me the new World Chess Champion. My team threw me into the hotel pool when we got back to our suite.

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