On This Day

What Happened on March 18, 1881

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Barnum & Bailey Circus, travelling as "The Greatest Show on Earth", debuts in New York City and would last 146 years before closing in 2017

Circus Showman and Businessman P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman
P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman James Anthony Bailey
Circus Showman and Businessman
James Anthony Bailey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Barnum & Bailey's first combined "Greatest Show on Earth" opens (Madison Square Garden)

Circus Showman and Businessman James Anthony Bailey
Circus Showman and Businessman
James Anthony Bailey
Circus Showman and Businessman P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman
P. T. Barnum

Famous Birthdays

  • Oliver Seibert, hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963)
  • Paul Le Flem, composer