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1796 – New tax introduced to coconut cultivators. According to which every coconut cultivator should pay a tax for their cultivation per year.
1877 – New railway constructed from Moratuwa to Panadura.
1930 – Launch of the worlds first electric train.
1939 – The beginning of the Second World War.
1944 – Colombo Municipal council undertakes the Colombo tram service.
1945 – It is estimated that 55 million people had died in the Second World War.
1955 – Establishment of Air Lanka Company.
1992 – The petition filed by former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranayake challenging President Premadasa s election is dismissed by the Supreme Court.