On this day in History-Oct. 2

            On this day back in 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip was published by Charles M. Schulz. The Peanuts series featured characters such as Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Snoopy, who was Charlie Brown’s pet beagle. Schulz created these characters as a result of several aspects of his own life.

When Peanuts made its first appearance, it was published in nine different newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. The inaugural strip consisted of four panels and it showed Charlie Brown walking by two other children, whose names were Shermy and Patty. Shermy compliments Charlie Brown as he walks by, but then he tells Patty how he hates him in the final panel.

Schulz continued illustrating the Peanuts comics until his death on Feb. 12, 2000 at the age of 77. The final strip was published the very next day. This fulfilled one of Schulz’s expectations that the series would outlive the man himself.