Did you know today is Winnie the Pooh Day?
Along with Teddy Bear Day, Teddy Bear Picnic Day and Have a Party with Your Bear Day, Winnie the Pooh Day has to be one of the cuddliest days of the year. Of course, we can include Valentine's Day in the cuddling category also. But, for today, we will concentrate on one of the most famous bears of all time, Winnie the Pooh.
This day was established to celebrate the birthday of A. A. Milne (January 18, 1882), the creator of the Winnie the Pooh character. Milne's storybooks began with 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. [Source: en.wikipedia.org]
|Disney's adaptation of Stephen Slesinger, |
Pick up a Pooh book today, from your own collection, your child's collection or maybe even visit the library. Have some fun! Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day by reading one or more of the storybooks about the adventures of Winnie and his friends. Don't read them alone. Read them with your children, grandchildren, neighborhood kids or just for yourself in reflection of your own childhood days. Whichever route you choose, don't forget to cuddle! That's the bestest part of all!
This Day in History: January 18, 1733
Whether this had any connection to A. A. Milne and his son's teddy bear is yet to be determined but it is interesting to note the first polar bear was exhibited in America (Boston, Massachusetts) on January 18, 1733.
The baby polar bear does look rather cuddly...
Not so sure I can say the same about the Mama (or Daddy)...
MORE for January 18
Throughout history, there are a plethora of events occurring on any given day. Today is no exception.
This Day in History: January 18, 1939
Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers." Some declare this to be the best masterpiece ever recorded in music history.
The date on the video indicates 1938. There was a radio performance of "Jeepers Creepers" on December 14, 1938, New York, NY. The song was recorded on January 18, 1939, also in New York, NY.
This Day in History: January 18, 1993
Since we are also in the three-day weekend of celebration commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. it is also interesting to pinpoint Today in History: January 18, 1993 - The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S. states for the first time. By The Associated Press