Winnie the Pooh Day celebrates a fictional anthropomorphic bear created by A. A. Milne. Winnie the Pooh Day was created to celebrate the birth of A.A .Milne in 1882. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and “Pooh”, a swan they had met while on holiday.
The Winnie-the-Pooh stories are set in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England. Many locations in the stories can be linked to real places in and around the forest. As Christopher Milne wrote in his autobiography: “Pooh’s forest and Ashdown Forest are identical” For example, the fictional “Hundred Acre Wood” was, in reality, Five Hundred Acre Wood;
The rest of Christopher Robin Milne’s toys, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, were incorporated into Milne’s stories. Two more characters, Owl and Rabbit, were created by Milne’s imagination, while Gopher was added to the Disney version. Christopher Robin’s toy bear is on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library. (from Wikipedia and www.cute-calendar.com)