September 9 is National Teddy Bear Day!
Teddy Bear Day is a day to celebrate one of the most popular and lovable form of stuffed animal: the teddy bear! Celebrate by rescuing your old childhood teddy bear from the storage closet or by buying a new teddy bear for someone special or for yourself.
Did You Know…that the teddy bear was named after U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt? While on a hunting trip in November 1902, some of Roosevelt’s attendants injured a bear, tied him up and told Roosevelt that he should shoot it. Roosevelt refused, saying that their behavior showed poor sportsmanship. However, he did order that the suffering bear be shot, purely to put it out of its misery. Later, political cartoonist Clifford Berryman depicted this scene in a cartoon featuring Roosevelt and a fierce-looking bear. However, Berryman redrew the cartoon to make the bear look younger and cuter. Upon seeing the drawing of Roosevelt and the cuddly bear, Morris Michtom created a new toy: a stuffed bear that he sold as “Teddy’s bear.”
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