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NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY – September 9

National Teddy Bear Day September 9

NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY

National Teddy Bear Day is observed annually on September 9th.  We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child.  Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend!

In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi.  This incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902.  The caricature became an instant classic.

This cartoon by Clifford Berryman's publish in a 1902 Wiashington Post inspired the Teddy bear.

This cartoon by Clifford Berryman’s published in a 1902 Washington Post inspired the Teddy bear.

The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy.  Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear”.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Remember your teddy bear and use #NationalTeddyBearDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Teddy Bear Day.

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