Happy 65th Birthday Smokey!
August 9th is officially Smokey Bear's, or Smokey the Bear's, birthday. Today, he turns 65 years old.
Back in the early forties, the United States Forest Service used Disney characters to educate the public about the importance of fire safety. However, these characters were only on loan from Walt Disney, so in 1944, a new symbol was needed. Smokey the Bear was born.