Have a Party with Your Bear Day

So apparently today is Have a Party with Your Bear Day. Presumably it’s a Teddy Bear you’re supposed to be partying down with and not a real bear!

The Teddy Bear was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. The story goes that he was out hunting when his assistant tied a black bear to a tree for him to shoot. Teddy had been unsuccessful in his bear hunt up to that point, but a tied bear offered him no sport so he refused to shoot it.

On this date in 1902, a political cartoonist named Clifford Berryman drew the encounter and a couple named Morris and Rose Michtom saw the cartoon and became inspired. After asking for permission to use his name, they manufactured and sold the first Teddy Bear leading to probably the most popular stuffed toy ever. You can read the whole story here.

Teddy Roosevelt was an amazing president, and by far my favorite president. If you want to learn more about him, consider visiting his birthplace in New York. It’s on the National Park Service’s list of National Historic Sites.

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