A Week in History: Lindbergh Baby, Texas Independence, and the Star-Spangled Banner

Hula Hoop gets patent, Lindbergh baby kidnapped, and Texas declares independence from Mexico.

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Feb. 27, 1986 The U.S. Senate votes to allow floor debates to be televised, initially on a trial basis.

March 1, 1932 Aviator Charles Lindbergh’s baby is kidnapped from his second-floor nursery.

March 2, 1836 Texas declares independence from Mexico. It would become a U.S. state in 1845.

March 3, 1931 President Herbert Hoover signs a law establishing Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.

March 5, 1963 Arthur “Spud” Melin of the Wham-O toy company patents the hip-gyrating Hula Hoop.