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This Day in Pop Culture for March 5

Hula Hoop

1963: The Hula-Hoop Receives a Trademark

Although invented for hundreds of years earlier, Arthur Melin, founder of Wham-O products, received a trademark for “his” version of the hoop toy on this day in 1963. The Hula-Hoop was the first hoop toy to be made with plastic with the “shoop shoop” sound inside. The very first were sold for $1.98 and twenty million hoops were sold in the first six months of production. It was a big hit world-wide except for Japan who thought it incited improprieties and Russia who thought it was an example of the “emptiness of American culture.” In 1999, the Hula-Hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. (Image: Wikimedia)


  • 1908: Rex Harrison (actor)
  • 1976: Jack Cassidy (actor)
  • 1936: Dean Stockwell (actor)
  • 1954: Marsha Warfield (actress)
  • 1955: Penn Jillette (magician)
  • 1958: Andy Gibb (singer)
  • 1963: Joel Osteen (televangelist)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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