WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2: "PEANUTS" 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Profile America -- Saturday, October 2nd. Some of the most enduring comic strip characters in history made their first appearance on this day 60 years ago -- Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and of course, Snoopy. The strip was "Peanuts," drawn by Charles Schulz. With a sharp sense of humor and a keen understanding of alienation, Schulz created a set of children who told the truth -- sometimes with an edge to it. At the time, it was something different and immediately became popular, not only in the U.S. but in many foreign countries. Schulz died 10 years ago -- just hours before the final "Peanuts" strip appeared in Sunday papers around the world. Newspaper circulation peaked in 1990 and now stands at nearly 49 million daily readers. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 498
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1098
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau