National Teddy Bear Day | September 9
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


On September 9th, National Teddy Bear Day honors the history of one of childhood’s favorite toys. We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child. Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood. No matter what kind of teddy bear you had, the day is a perfect time to celebrate your childhood friend!


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

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

A teddy bear does not depend on mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is loved – and therefore, he lives. ~ Pam Brown

Since the advent of the Teddy Bear, a parade of famous characters followed.

Big Bird from Sesame Street named his Teddy Bear Radar. The lasagna loving cat celebrated on Garfield the Cat Day armed himself with Pooky, his lovable scapegoat. The British invasion of Teddy Bears includes Winnie-the-Pooh and Paddington. In 1981, the Care Bears first became greeting cards. Not long after, they launched into television and toy history.

And let’s not forget the Muppet character Fozzie Bear. The lovable and comedic bear endlessly perseveres with one-liners, slapstick and musical comedy. 


Share some of your favorite Teddy Bear characters from a time gone by. Are they recent interpretations of the lovable creature? Or do you have an affinity for the classic Teddy Bear? Other ways to celebrate include:

  • Giving a Teddy Bear to someone you love.
  • Donate Teddy Bears to a local organization for children.
  • Host a Teddy Bear tea party with your children.
  • Download, print and color the Teddy Bear coloring page.

Share your memories of Teddy Bears using #NationalTeddyBearDay to post on social media.


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September 9th Celebrated History


John Herschel made history that has impacted the world for almost 200 years. He took the first glass plate photograph on September 9, 1839. It should come as no surprise that Herschel grew up in a world of lenses where light and dark were elements of his youth. His father was astronomer William Herschel. Herschel’s first glass plate photo was of his father’s telescope. An astronomer himself, the younger Herschel also coined the phrase “photography.”


The United States admits the 31st state to the Union – California. Two years before, miners discovered gold. “Eureka!” became not only an exclamation, but it also became a town and an element on the state’s seal.


In Beethoven Hall in New York City, bowlers organized the American Bowling Congress. They elected Thomas Curtis as their first president.


From McNutt Hall at Dartmouth College, George Robert Stibitz of Bell Telephone Laboratories successfully transmitted information via computer remotely.


What’s in a name? Well, when 1,488 people with the same last name gather in Letterkenny, Ireland, it’s a world record!

Carrots come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In 2017, Christopher Qualley of Otsego, MN grew a record 22.44-pound carrot.

September 9th Celebrated Birthdays

Leo Tolstoy – 1825

The prolific Russian author is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. He wrote several masterpieces including Anna Karenina, the massive tome War and Peace, and many others.

Dorothy Price – 1890 

The Irish physician played a key role in eliminating childhood tuberculosis in Ireland. Her efforts to bring vaccines and testing supplies led to support for a nationwide program.

Colonel Harland Sanders – 1890

The founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC for those who like to shorten things), started his first restaurant out of a service station. But an entrepreneurial restaurateur was not his first occupation. The Colonel served in the military (but wasn’t a colonel), worked as a farmhand, served as a local midwife, and even studied law, among other jobs.

Joseph E. Levine – 1904

The revolutionary film producer is credited with producing more than 50 films. Some of his most recognizable work includes Godzilla (1959), The Graduate (1967), The The Lion in Winter (1968).

Otis Redding – 1941

With a soulful and iconic voice, Redding brought some of the most beautiful songs to life. The Dock of the Bay and These Arms of Mine are two of his most successful hits. However, the talented artist’s life was cut short in a plane crash in 1967.

Joe Theismann – 1949

The NFL quarterback played 9 years with the Washington Redskins. Following his athletic career, Theismann pursued a career as a sportscaster and analyst.

Michelle Williams – 1980

Some of the American actress’s best-known films include Blue Valentine and Manchester by the Sea. She also played the lead role in the biopic My Week with Marilyn.

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