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On this day: January 9

Published On: Jan 08 2013 12:21:59 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 09 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

The Beatles jump up the charts, Howard Hughes exposes his fake biographer, "The Phantom of the Opera" passes "Cats," and Apple introduces iTunes and the iPhone, years apart, all on this day.

OTD January 9 - Astley's circus
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1768: In London, England, Philip Astley invents the circus ring when he decides to perform his horseback trick riding in a circle. The format proved so successful that Astley added a clown to his shows to amuse the spectators between equestrian sequences. He later moved his show to a fenced in area and expanded it even further, leading to the modern version of the circus.

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