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WORLDKINGS - On This Day - August 04, 2022 - Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes his riding school with performances in London, precursor of the circus in 1768

02-08-2022

(Worldkings.org) Philip Astley (8 January 1742 – 27 January 1814) was an English equestrian, circus owner, and inventor, regarded as being the "father of the modern circus". The circus industry, as a presenter of an integrated entertainment experience that includes music, domesticated animals, acrobats, and clowns, traces its heritage to Astley's Amphitheatre, a riding school that Astley founded in London following the success of his invention of the circus ring in 1768.

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