On March 5, 1962 the hula hoop is patented by Wham-O toy company co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. The hula-hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. With give aways and national marketing and retailing, a fad was started in July, 1958. Twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months, and in two years sales reached more than 100 million units. The hula hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 1999.