According to a website that charts national holidays, Sept. 9 is Teddy Bear Day.
The history of the teddy bear is closely linked to President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt.
It was in November 1902, when President Roosevelt attended a bear hunt in Mississippi. Because the president had not shot a bear, the members of the hunting party captured a young bear, tied it to a tree, and offered the shot to the president. Roosevelt refused to kill the bear.
When news spread about what happened, a political cartoonist named Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon about the bear incident.
In Berryman's first printing the cartoon bear was a full-grown animal, but it was later redrawn as a cuddly cub. The cartoon became famous, and toy makers saw this as an opportunity to make money from “Teddy’s Bear.” By 1906 the teddy bear craze was in full swing, and the rest is teddy bear history.
Teddy bears are a staple in any young child's life.
Teddy bears are among the most popular gifts for children and are often given to adults to signify love, congratulations or sympathy.
Celebrate this American icon and make sure the kids in your life have a teddy bear to hug today and even sleep tonight.