18 January-A A Milne

A A Milne was an author who was a native of England. He is best known for his children’s stories about the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the classics of children’s literature and has been translated into many languages.

Alan Alexander Milne was born in London, England in 1882. He was educated at Westminster School in London and at Trinity College Cambridge. He graduated with a BA in mathematics in 1903. During his time at Cambridge he wrote for the student magazine Granta. Following graduation he joined the staff of the magazine Punch.

Milne had a successful career as novelist poet and playwright. He regularly visited London Zoo with his son Christopher Robin Milne. Christopher had a teddy bear which he named Winnie-the-Pooh after a Canadian black bear which was a popular attraction at London Zoo. Children were allowed to enter the bear pit and ride on Winnie’s back and feed her. Christopher fed the bear spoonsful of condensed milk.

Christopher Milne had a teddy bear called Edward. He changed the name of his teddy bear to Winnie. His father named the principal character in his stories, Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926. Milne served with the British Army during World War 1. He was wounded on July 7th 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and spent the remainder of the war working for Military Intelligence. Milne served in the British Home Guard during World War II. He died at the age of 74 on January 31st 1956.

A A Milne was born in the year 1882 On This Day.

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