Though it wasn't until 1925 that Winnie-the-Pooh officially became a storybook character, he was a stuffed bear given to A. A. Milne's son Christopher Robin 90 years ago on his first birthday, August 21, 1921. The bear then became the model and inspiration for the honey-loving hero of the children's book series that is loved by millions.
Milne made a contribution to the Christmas Eve issue of the Evening News; a bedtime story that he had made up for his son about adventures he had with his Teddy Bear who was known as Winnie-the-Pooh. This bedtime story formed the first chapter of Milnes book entitled Winnie-the-Pooh and was famously followed by Now We are Six and The House at Pooh Corner. The New York Public Library has a timeline about the Real Pooh.
Submitted by Jacki @ MPL Central