The USS Maine explodes mysteriously in Havana Harbor, the teddy bear is born, President Franklin D. Roosevelt survives an assassination attempt, and Jeffrey Dahmer is found guilty, all on this day.
1903: The first teddy bear, made by Russian immigrants and Brooklyn, New York, toy store owners Morris and Rose Michtom, is introduced in America. It is said that the Michtoms saw a Washington Post political cartoon depicting President Theodore Roosevelt sparing the life of a bear cub during a hunt and named the stuffed animal after the president.
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