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'Peanuts' timeline

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'Peanuts' timeline

Oct. 2, 1950: Peanuts makes its debut featuring "Good ol' Charlie Brown"

Dec. 21, 1950: Charlie Brown makes a zigzag fashion statement.

Nov. 16, 1952: Lucy first holds a football for Charlie Brown, giving children across the nation a new way to torment each other.

June 1, 1954: Linus' blanket appears, making him the hero of insecure tykes everywhere.

Jan. 5, 1956: Snoopy walks on two legs, continuing a pattern of most undoglike behavior.

Dec. 12, 1958: Snoopy's first try at sleeping on top of the doghouse; not a rousing success.

Aug. 23, 1959: The infant Sally debuts.

Aug. 23, 1960: Sally falls madly in love with Linus.

Nov. 19, 1961: Charlie Brown first sets his heart on the little red-haired girl.

Aug. 22, 1966: Peppermint Patty makes her debut.
April 4, 1967: A bird somewhat resembling Woodstock debuts.

June 28, 1979: Snoopy, aka The WWI Flying Ace, visits with the "cute little French girl" (Marcie).

Nov. 4, 1985: Sally starts searching for Halley's comet.

Jan. 24, 1989: Olaf, Snoopy's chubby littermate, appears. Other siblings include mustachioed Spike, sister Belle, smart Marbles and fuzzy-furred Andy.

1990 to 1991: There's hope for everyone — Charlie Brown gets a girlfriend, Peggy Jean.

March 30, 1993: Even more unbelievable, Charlie Brown hits his first home run.

Dec. 14, 1999: Charles Schulz officially retires.

Feb. 12, 2002: Charles Schulz dies at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif., one day before his final "Peanuts" strip appears.

Source:, a property of UFS Inc. Images United Features Syndicate.

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