Born on this day: Thomas Michael Bond CBE (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017). British author best known for creating Paddington Bear, the main character in a series of fictional stories for children. His first book was published in 1958 and his last in 2017, in a career spanning 59 years. More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world, with his characters also featuring in film and on television.
Bond’s series of books recount the tales of a bear from “darkest Peru”, sent to the United Kingdom by his Aunt Lucy sends him to the United Kingdom, carrying a jar of marmalade. In the first book, the Brown family find the bear at Paddington Station, and adopt him, naming the bear after the station.