The very last “Peanuts” comic strip by creator Charles Schulz was published on this day in 2000 to more than 355 million readers across 75 countries. Schulz tragically passed away the following month at the age of 77 after completing nearly 18,000 editions since the very first “Peanuts” ran in October 1950. Starring the constantly grief-stricken Charlie Brown and his pet dog Snoopy, the “Peanuts” comic strip and television series revolved around a group of adolescents but offered a surprisingly mature and complex sense of humor. One of the most culturally significant cartoonists of all time, Schulz is often cited as a major influence by famous writers like “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening.
“I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.” —