Origin of the Teddy Bear?
The name Teddy Bear comes from one of American President Theodore Roosevelt's hunting trips to Mississippi. There were several other hunters competing, and most of them had already shot something. A suite of Roosevelt's attendants, led by Holt Collier, cornered, clubbed, and tied to a willow tree an American Black Bear after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested he shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. While the initial cartoon of an adult black bear lassoed by a white handler and a disgusted Roosevelt had symbolic overtones, later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.
A Brooklyn store owner, Morris Michtom, saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear." The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co., which still exists today. wilipedia
Origin of this Holiday?
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!
There is an occasional reference to Teddy Bear Day on February 22 but nothing in stone. We found no factual information about this special day.
Through our research we found that a Vermont Teddy Bear company declared their own "National" Teddy Bear Day on November 13th. We believe this is for promotion of their bear products for retail purposes. We did not find information to support this as a National day though.
How is this Holiday celebrated?
Zoos, museums, toy store and many kids venues declare "teddy Bear" days for various reason and announce it to be celebrated on different days.
Other September 9th Holidays and observances
September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 113 days remaining until the end of the year.
- Japan - Chrysanthemum Day (Kiku no Sekku).
- North Korea - Republic Day (1948).
- Tajikistan - Independence Day (from USSR, 1991).
- California - Admission Day (to commemorate the state's admission to the USA).
- Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise
- Eastern Orthodoxy - Synaxis of the Theopatores Joachim and Anna.
- US Food Holiday for September 9th: National Steak au Poivre Day
Are there other related holidays? Yes!
Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10)
Have a Party with Your Bear Day (November 16)
How can I Celebrate this holiday?
- Read and learn about bears! - It's fun and giving to share yourself with others.
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.
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