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Today in History: June 20

Microsoft News | Slide 1 of 12: British prisoners are held in the Black Hole of Calcutta, after the Nawab of Bengal captured Fort William, June 1756. A contemporary account claims that 123 of the 146 prisoners died of heat and suffocation, but doubts have since been cast on the veracity of the account. Published by James Cundee in 1807.

1756: 150 British soldiers imprisoned in the "Black Hole of Calcutta"

The Black Hole of Calcutta was a small prison/dungeon in Fort William in Calcutta, India where troops of Siraj ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal, held British prisoners of war after the Bengali army captured the fort on 20 June 1756.

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