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On this day: July 5

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 04, 2013 

History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.

OTD July 5 - PT Barnum
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Library of Congress

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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