BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Hula-Hoop is patented, and the Boston Massacre sets in motion an American Revolution. All this, including the television debut of the Jackson 5, in today’s “This Day in History”.
On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, was patented by Wham-O, 5 years after it was first marketed. The move proved fruitful for the company as an estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production. Wham-O would go on to produce other classic toys as the Superball, Water Wiggle, Silly String, Slip ‘n’ Slide and the Hacky Sack.
On this day in 1770, five colonists were killed by British regulars in Boston, Massachusetts. “The Boston Massacre,” as it came to be known, was started when colonists threw snowballs at the British guards outside the Customs House. With tensions already high between the two sides, the snowballs set off one of the British guards who fired his weapon. Once the final echo of the gunshots passed, five colonists laid dead: Crispus Attucks, Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, and James Caldwell. Some historians consider their deaths as the first fatalities in the American Revolutionary War.
On this day in 1953, Soviet Union leader, Joseph Stalin died of a massive heart attack in Moscow.
On this day in 1970, the Jackson 5 made their television debut on “American Bandstand”.
On this day in 1925, the first issue of the “New Yorker” magazine was published.
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