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T.W.I.H.: March 3-9

March 3, 1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner" is officially our new national anthem.

"President Herbert Hoover signs a congressional act making 'The Star-Spangled Banner' the official national anthem of the United States."

March 4, 1789: The US government begins under the Constitution.

"The first session of the U.S. Congress is held in New York City as the U.S. Constitution takes effect."

March 5, 1963: The hula-hoop was officially patented.

"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."

March 6, 1475: Famous Italian painter, Michelangelo, is born.

"Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, is born in the small village of Caprese."

March 7, 1988: New Zealand is hit by Cyclone Bola.

"Although torrential rains caused significant flooding and landslides, only three deaths resulted from this powerful storm."

March 8, 1950: The iconic VW bus begins production. It is unknown at this time how popular it would become.

"Volkswagen, maker of the Beetle automobile, expands its product offerings to include a microbus, which goes into production on this day in 1950. Known officially as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle was the Type 1) or the Transporter, the bus was a favorite mode of transportation for hippies in the U.S. during the 1960s and became an icon of the American counterculture movement."

March 9, 1959: The Barbie doll is first introduced.

"The first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City."

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