Winnie-the-Pooh Day January 18th
Continuing on the celebration of all things Pooh Bear (because, shouldn't it really be Winnie-the-Pooh weekend rather than just Winnie-the-Pooh day (yesterday)?)...the CBC website posted 90 weird and wonderful facts about Winnie the Pooh and here are a few:
A.A. Milne's birthday is January 18th and is therefore Winnie-the-Pooh Day!
From Wikipedia: The first collection of stories about the character was the book "Winnie-the-Pooh" (1926), and this was followed by "The House at Pooh Corner" (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children's verse book "When We Were Very Young" (1924) and many more in "Now We Are Six" (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
Christopher Robin's toy bear, on which his father's character is based, was named after two different animals--a swan named Pooh and a black bear at the London Zoo named Winnie, after her first caretaker's hometown of Winnipeg.
More from Wikipedia: The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en route to England during the First World War. He named the bear "Winnie" after his adopted hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Winnie" was surreptitiously brought to England with her owner, and gained unofficial recognition as The Fort Garry Horse regimental mascot. Colebourn left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit were in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo, as she had become a much-loved attraction there. Pooh the swan appears as a character in its own right in When We Were Very Young.
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