CHARLES M. SCHULZ was born November 25, 1922 in Minneapolis. His first published drawing was of his dog, Spike, and appeared in a 1937 Ripley's Believe It Or Not! installment. The first Peanuts daily appeared October 2, 1950; the first Sunday on January 6, 1952.
Diagnosed with cancer, Schulz retired from Peanuts at the end of 1999. He died on February 13, 2000, the day before Valentine's Day--and the day before his last strip was published--having completed 17,897 daily and Sunday strips, each and every one fully written, drawn and lettered entirely by his own hand--an unmatched achievement in comics.