Detailed Timeline

Timeline of the events of this game (undocumented events in bold):

Date Event
July 5, 1810 Born
1818 Peter Tobely O’Brien (cobbler) born in Galway Ireland
1825 Father died
1828 Opened Barnum’s Lottery in Bethel
Nov 8, 1829 Married Charity Hallett (eloped)
Oct 19, 1831 First issue of Barnum’s “Herald of Freedom” newspaper published
Nov 1834 Closed Barnum’s Lottery
Dec 11, 1834 Quit as editor of “Herald of Freedom”
1834/1835 Moved to New York
1835 Employed Joice Heth as the oldest living African American (161 yrs) in June
1835 Sold “Herald of Freedom” to George Taylor
1835 Portrait of Joice Heth wearing necklace painted by Sir Arnold Curther
Feb 19, 1836 Joice Heth died
Feb 25, 1836 Joice Heth autopsy – going against her last wishes and his promise
Feb 26, 1836 Joice Heth cremation – AGAIN going against her last wishes and his promise
Feb 26, 1836 Barnum places the urn of Heth’s ashes on a table with the amulet draped over it
1841-42 Purchased “Scudder’s American Museum” and renamed to “Barnum’s American Museum” in New York
1842 Employed Tom Thumb
Aug 31, 1843 The “Free Grand Buffalo Hunt”
1844-1845 Toured Europe with General Tom Thumb
1845 Peter O’Brien finds a remarkable cobbler’s kit – and makes a friend who helps his family throughout the potato famines (1846-1855)
1850 Employed Jenny Lind (Swedish Nightingale)
1850 Portrait of Jenny Lind (Swedish Nightingale) painted
1855 Went bankrupt from guaranteeing debts of the Jerome Clock Company
Dec 17, 1857 2pm – Barnum sells Heth necklace to a collector for $525. Places the photo of himself and Heth on the urn.
Dec 17, 1857 10pm – cleaning lady removes the photo from the urn to clean and does not replace it
Dec 17, 1857 Home “Iranistan” burned to the ground
1862 Sean O’Brien born to cobbler Peter Tobely O’Brien
1864 O’Brien family take an ocean voyage to the Americas. Peter 46 dies; wife Ida and Sean survive
July 13, 1865 Barnum’s American Museum burned to the ground from a fire of unknown origin
1865 American Museum reestablished in New York City
Mar 1868 American Museum destroyed by fire
1869 Built Waldemere home (a.k.a. Woods by the Sea)
1871 “P. T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Managerie, Caravan & Hippodrome” tours
1872 Renames “…Traveling Museum…” to “The Greatest Show on Earth”
1873 Charity Died
Feb 14, 1874 Married 22 yr old Nancy Fish
Apr 1874 Opens Roman Hippodrome in New York (circus)
1875 Elected mayor of Bridgeport
1876 Term as mayor ends
1878 Founder and president of Bridgeport Hospital
1881 Barnum’s circus merges with Bailey and Hutchinson: P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show On Earth, And The Great London Circus, Sanger’s Royal British Menagerie and The Grand International Allied Shows United. (Barnum & London Circus)
Apr 9, 1882 Jumbo the elephant purchased and arrives in New York
1882 Circus opens in Madison Square Garden
1883 Tom Thumb died
1885 Jumbo dies in freight train accident
1885 Barnum & Bailey circus splits up
Nov 15, 1887 Letter from S. T. with photos of Colonel Smith’s journal and “purchase” of Heth
Nov 20, 1887 The great circus was lost to fire
Nov 23, 1887 Letter from Barnum Nancy – commission a portrait
Jul 14, 1888 Delayed letter and response from Jackson Middleton regarding the Heth necklace
1888 Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth formed
1889 Built brick house called “Marina”
1890 Commissioned construction of Barnum Institute of Science and History
Apr 12, 1890 Letter to Sumpter requesting columns and busts
Apr 17, 1890 Letter from Sumpter accepting the work
July, 1890 Columns and busts are inscribed with this date
Oct (late) 1890 Letter from Barnum to Nancy (Please forgive me), and instructions given to lawyer “to be executed upon my death”.
Oct (late) 1890 Commissioned music box and locket with inscription"Please Forgive Me" for Charity
Nov (early) 1890 Suffered a stroke during a performance
April 7, 1891 Died
Apr 1891 Buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport
Oct 1892 Column and bust of George Washington commissioned and inscribed with this date
Dec 8, 1892 – Feb 24, 1893 Various business agreement cancellations
Apr 10, 1893 Mr. Loughman (leprechaun) awakes inside the Cobbler shop
Apr 13, 1893 Mr. Loughman confronts Sean O’Brien, who flees abandoning his property and lease
May 21, 1893 Bust of Barnum replaced by bust of George Washington because it was thought “to be in poor taste, and a bit macabre” to have Barnum’s bust there
May 22,1893 Fire consumes Geoff Malone Cafe and Bar killing many workers and the owner
Nov 20, 1893 Three workmen fall to their deaths from 3rd story window
Mar 16, 1893 Fran Wargen – Ladies Wear; amicable cancellation
1893 Statue in his honor erected at Seaside Park by the water in Bridgeport

Detailed Timeline

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