California Declares Charles M. Schulz Day

February 7th Celebrates California Declares Charles M

Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 7th 2000, California’s legislature declared that February 13th would be Charles M. Schulz Day.

When we think of Charles Schulz Snoopy comes to mind but how did this cartoon dog actually get a holiday designated for his creator?

Did you know there even a Charles Schulz Museum?

In the early days when no one knew of Charles Schulz, Charles Schulz was given the nickname “Sparky” after the racehorse character Spark Plug featured in the popular newspaper comic strip, Barney Google by Billy DeBeck.

As a young boy, Charles Schulz experienced many of the ups and downs of growing up that he would later incorporate into the lives of the Peanuts characters.

One of these memories was of trying to hold the football steady for another child, while resisting the urge to pull the ball away as a prank. Twenty-five years later, this would become a very familiar and beloved theme in Peanuts.

Black and white dogs figured prominently in Charles Schulz’s childhood. When Charles Schulz was a small boy, the family got a little Boston Bull Terrier named Snooky, but it was the memory of their next dog, Spike, that would spur the antics of Snoopy for years to come.

In 1929, the Schulz family packed up their 1928 Ford and traveled across the country to live in small town Needles, California leaving their home Minneapolis.

Today’s YouTube presentation below isn’t about Charles Schulz Day but a cute little short how Snoopy buys a house for his best friend Woodstock. Shared by user name, (unyuchan), I think Charles Schulz is a lot like what his characters portray, as we celebrate today how on February 7th 2000, California’s legislature declared that February 13th would be Charles M. Schulz Day.

Schulz died in his sleep at home on February 12, 2000 at around 9:45 pm, from colon cancer. The last original Peanuts strip was published the very next day, on Sunday, February 13. Schulz had previously predicted that the strip would outlive him, with his reason being that his comic strips were usually drawn weeks before their publication.

However it was on February 7th 2000, California’s legislature declared that February 13th would be Charles M. Schulz Day.

Did you know Charles Schulz was an avid hockey fan? In 1998, he hosted the first Over 75 Hockey Tournament and in 2001, and in 2001, Ramsey County renamed the Highland Park Ice Arena in St. Paul, Minn., the Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena in his honor.

Schulz was also a huge proponent of the space program, so much so that the 1969 Apollo 10 command module was named Charlie Brown and a lunar module was named Snoopy.

However way you want to remember Charles Schulz’s success I think it’s kind of cool that there’s actually a day named after him.

If Snoopy could speak in his behalf I would have say Snoopy gives a thumb up, on this pawistively great idea!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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