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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

October 2, 1950

57 years ago today, an unassuming little comic strip made its debut in seven U.S. newspapers. Deliberately intended by its distributor, United Features syndicate, as a space-saving feature, the strip took the form of four small uniform square panels populated by tiny kids. It was an inauspicious beginning for Peanuts, which would become the most famous and widely read comic strip in history. In fact that is an understatement because Peanuts has long been a global phenomenon. Even today, seven years after Charles Schulz’s comic masterpiece published its last original installment—the Sunday page published on February 13, 2000—reprints of the poignant, satirical, fantastical, artful, inspiring, insightful (and funny) comic continues to appear in 2400 newspapers around the world. Not bad for a round-headed kid who’s the world’s biggest loser.

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