January 18–Winnie the Pooh Day


    A.A. Milne created a series of books about Winnie the Pooh, his son Christopher Robin, and their friends in the 100-Acre-Wood.
Winnie the Pooh Day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A. Milne on January 18, 1882.
During the first World War, troops from Winnipeg were being transported to eastern Canada on their way to Europe. When the train stopped in Ontario,  Lt. Harry Colebourn bought a small female black bear cub for $20 from a hunter who had killed its mother.    He named her “Winnipeg”, after his hometown or “Winnie” for short.

Winnie became the mascot of the Brigade and went to Britain with the unit.  After the war, Winnie went to the London Zoo where she lived until 1934.