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The Ringling Brothers Episode 3 (Circus Kings)

June 10, 2022 Cassie and Bethany Season 1 Episode 11
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The Ringling Brothers Episode 3 (Circus Kings)
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On December 2nd, 1936 John Ringling died. He had $311 in the bank. His estate was officially appraised at $23,500,000. Today, that would be almost half a billion dollars.

Members of the Ringling family controlled the circus until 1967 when they sold it to the Feld family, who kept the name. In 2017 The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus closed out its last tour and walked off the lot for the last time ever.

This is the true story of Al Ringling (originally Rüngling) and his brothers: Gus, Otto, Alf T.,  Charles, John, Henry, and their sister, Ida. We read their biography... here is everything you need to know, complete with all the juicy details.

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