Today in History: Hula-Hoop Patented
"Hula hoop, hula hoop, everyone is playin with the hula hoop
Look at them spin, trying to win
Anyone can play from three to a hundred and ten
- Georgia Gibbs, The Hula Hoop Song
On March 5, 1963 Arthur "Spud" Melin, co-founder of the novelty toy company Wham-O, received a patent for a plastic hip swiveling toy named after the Hawaiian "hula" dance. The Hula-Hoop fad swept the nation and made an impact on the international scene. Over twenty-five million hoops sold in the first four months of production. Hula-Hoops may not be as popular as they once were but they still have their fans; just last year the record for mass hula hooping was set in Taiwan with 2,496 people twisting and twirling in Taipei City!