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.


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.