It was on this date, November 18th, 1902 that the Teddy Bear was invented. Here's the story:

President Theodore Roosevelt had gone hunting in Mississippi for a bear, but he never found one. The guide wanted to make the President happy, so he went out and captured a cub for him. Teddy refused to shoot the little bear.

A political cartoonist published a cartoon about the incident. New York toy store owner Morris Mitchton got Roosevelt's permission to call his new stuffed animal a "Teddy Bear."

The name stuck and 115 years later, we still have the Teddy Bear. Mitchton by the way, went on to start the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.

The first Christmas present I got when I was less then 2 months old was a Teddy Bear. He kept me company when I wasn't feeling good and I would toss him in the air and he would do flips for me.

I still have him today and it keeps me company in my bedroom. Although that sounds creepier then I meant it to be. Do you still have your Teddy Bear?

[via Theodore Roosevelt Association]