Monday, March 5, 2012

March 5 – This Day In History

What a day! Something I’ve never been able to master, the Hula-Hoop, was invented, Jim Morrison of the Doors was arrested on charges of lewd behavior, “Ballad of Green Berets” hit #1, and, best of all, Joseph Stalin died.

  • "On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company's co-founder, Arthur "Spud" Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.
  • The Dade County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison. He was charged with a single felony count and three misdemeanors for his stage antics at a Miami concert a few days earlier.
  • Near the very height of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, on March 5, 1966, American popular-music fans made a #1 hit out of a song called "The Ballad Of The Green Berets" by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler.
  • On this day, Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union since 1924, died in Moscow. Like his right-wing counterpart, Hitler, who was born in Austria, Joseph Stalin was not a native of the country he ruled with an iron fist. Isoeb Dzhugashvili was born in 1889 in Georgia, then part of the old Russian empire."

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  1. "Best of all, Stalin died." he's rolling in his grave at that quote! Interesting mixture of events!

  2. Why did I think the Hula Hoop was older than that? Quite an eventful day.

  3. And they said dudes named "spud" never go anywhere. Obviously not true.

  4. I could add more to the list...but they are things that no one cares about but me :)

    I thought the Hula-Hoop was younger! LOL

  5. Gaigai will have to give you some lessons:)

  6. I could never hula hoop either. Thankfully, on THIS day (March 6) in History, the first Oreo Cookie came to be. So I could merely eat Oreos and watch people hula hoop...


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