Today, Jan. 18, is Winnie the Pooh Day

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Today is Winnie the Pooh Day.

Pooh bear first appeared in a children’s book in the 1920s.

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The English author who invented the character based him on a teddy bear that belonged to his son.

Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on the birthday of A.A. Milne, the English author who created the popular children’s character, Winnie the Pooh. The name “Winnie-the-Pooh” first appeared in a story called “The Wrong Sort of Bees,” on Christmas Eve in 1925, in The Evening News. The following year, Milne published a volume of stories about Pooh, simply titled Winnie-the-Pooh. He followed this in 1928 with The House at Pooh Corner.

A black bear named Winnie was an inspiration for the character. Winnie had resided at the London Zoo, and Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, liked to visit her. Christopher named his own teddy bear Winnie the Pooh, after the real-life Winnie.

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