It's Charles M. Schulz Day, Charlie Brown!


Minnesota's capital city is paying tribute to a beloved cartoonist by declaring Tuesday Charles M. Schulz Day.

Schulz created the Peanuts comic strip, whose characters will soon appear on the big screen when The Peanuts Movie premieres on Nov. 6.

The director and some of the actors are in the Twin Cities to promote the movie. The Pioneer Press says Charles Schulz's son, Craig Schulz, who co-wrote the script, will be among those at a Tuesday ceremony in St. Paul.

As KSTP reports, the celebration of Charles Schulz will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and will be centered around Landmark Center, where statues of the Peanuts characters are permanent fixtures.

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Tuesday is also when ABC will present this year's telecast of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." (It will also be shown on Thursday, Oct. 29.)

That inspired the International Business Times (!) to present eight fun facts about the Halloween classic. Our favorite: the girl who provided the voice of Sally did not yet know how to read.

Speaking of holiday classics, the U.S. Postal Service recently announced that "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is being honored with a set of postage stamps as the 50th anniversary of the show's debut approaches.

Charles M. Schulz was born in Minneapolis and grew up in St. Paul before heading to Sonoma County, California, in 1958. He lived there until his death in 2000 and Santa Rosa, Calif., is the site of the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

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