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this day in the yesteryear: Hartford Circus Fire (1944)

Hartford Circus Fire (1944)

The Hartford Circus Fire was one of the worst fire disasters in US history. While thousands of spectators in Hartford, Connecticut, were enjoying an afternoon performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a fire broke out in the tent. The big top, waterproofed with a coating of paraffin and gasoline, quickly collapsed in flames, trapping hundreds beneath it. About 169 people died. What song is traditionally used by circuses to discretely alert staff when an emergency arises? More… Discuss

Quotation: Ambrose Bierce: “Circus”, according to the Devil’s Dictionary

Circus, n.: A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women, and children acting the fool.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss