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On this date in 1920, A.A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin was born. Milne modeled the human hero of his Winnie-the-Pooh books on his son. Obviously, this wasn’t an entirely comfortable fact for Christopher Robin; as an adult, he claimed, “The fictional Christopher Robin . . . and his real-life namesake were not always on the best of terms . . . it seemed to me, almost, that my father had got to where he was by climbing upon my infant shoulders.”
On this date in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, granting all women in the U.S. the right to vote.
On this date in 1917, British poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen meet and form a brief but intense friendship. Both men were convalescing from battle fatigue at Craiglockhart War Hospital.