Winnie the Pooh Day has fallen on Wednesday this year and fans of the the bear are celebrating across the world.
Observed every year on Jan. 18, the holiday was created to celebrate not only Pooh and his friends but the author of the children’s books by A.A. Milne.
Alan Alexander Milne was born in London in 1882. Much of his early education was by his teacher and mentor, H.G. Wells, who went on to write War of the Worlds and many other works. Milne described Wells as “a great writer and a great friend,” according to PoohCorner.com.
Milne attended Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where original handwritten manuscripts of Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner are found at the College Library.
As an undergrad, Milne started working as assistant editor at the humorous magazine, Punch, until the First World War began.
Although he was a known pacifist, Milne enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and served in France. He wrote a famous denunciation of war titled Peace With Honour, which was published in 1934.
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SOURCE: Christian Post