P.T. Barnum obituary

Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Question:

What is so unusual about P.T. Barnum's obituary?

The Answer:

What is most interesting about the obituary of the famous showman P.T. Barnum is that he got to read it. Here's how the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey website recounts the story:

Several weeks before he died in his sleep, on April 7, 1891, Barnum read his own obituary: The New York Sun newspaper, responding to Barnum's comment that the press says nice things about people after they die, ran his obituary on the front page with the headline, "Great And Only Barnum-He Wanted To Read His Obituary-Here It Is."

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