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\x34Historically Yours\x34 by Liz Davis is a blog about American historical trivia--anything American since 1492.

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May 19, 1884

First Ringling Brothers' circus

Five of August Frederick Rungeling's seven sons--Albert, Otto, Alfred, Charles, and John--started their own circus and its opening performance was on May 19, 1884. Within three years the other two sons, Henry and Gus, had joined their brothers in the circus business. Somewhere along the way they simplied their last name to Ringling.



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