Charles Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Schulz is the creator the Peanuts comic strip, which ran from October 2, 1950 to February 13, 2000. 17,897 strips have been published, all written and illustrated by Schulz.
The initial cast consisted of only charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Snoopy. The first additions from 1951-1954 were Violet, Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, and Pig-Pen.
Linus and Lucy's last name is Van Pelt.
Vince Guaraldi wrote the music for the Peanuts Christmas special, including the song "Linus and Lucy", which was played to the crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour as wake-up music on Day 2 of the STS-123 mission.
A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first prime-time animated TV special based on a comic strip.
The original air date of A Charlie Brown Christmas was Dec. 9, 1965 and has aired every year since.
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