History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.
1810: P.T. Barnum, the showman, entertainer and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is born in Bethel, Conn.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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