On July 6, 1944, a performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus was interrupted by a blaze that killed over 160 people. Easily the most tragic death was that of 'Little Miss 1565,' a blonde girl of only a few years whose identity remains unknown. Police investigated for decades, and the child's picture was printed in newspapers across the country, but she remained unidentified. '1565' was merely the number provided to her corpse in the city's morgue.
Over the years, several have claimed that her name may have been Eleanor Emily Cook. Eleanor Cook was killed at the scene, but her body was never identified. She was likely one of the two children burnt beyond recognition in the fire.
Although Eleanor's mother vehemently denied that the mystery child was her daughter, the body was eventually exhumed and buried next to Edward Cook (Eleanor's brother, who was also killed in the blaze). It is likely Little Miss 1565's true identity will never be known.