On this day in history, the first edition of ‘Peanuts’ is published.
On this historic date:
John Logie Baird, a Scottish inventor, tested the first operational television device in 1925.
The first edition of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip was published in 1950. The comic ran for 50 years, until Schulz died of cancer in 2000.
The Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, debuted on American television in 1959. The sci-fi anthology show was relaunched by CBS in 2018 with Jordan Peele as presenter.
Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the United States Supreme Court’s first African-American justice in 1967.
In 1970, 31 persons were killed in a plane crash in Colorado, including members of the Wichita State University football team.
Richard Miller was the first FBI agent charged with espionage in 1984. He was found guilty of transmitting classified information to the Soviet Union via his Russian partner.
Actor Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985. He was 59 years old at the time. Hudson’s final days were marked by visits from Hollywood giants, as he was the first star to publicly admit he had AIDS.
NATO stated in 2001 that the US had demonstrated sufficient evidence to authorize military action that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida were responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In 2002, a 55-year-old Maryland man was killed in the first of three weeks of dread in the Washington area after a series of seemingly random sniper strikes. For the killings, which totaled 17, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were both found guilty of capital murder. Muhammad was beheaded on November 10, 2009. Malvo was given the death penalty and was sentenced to life in jail without the possibility of parole.
Five Amish girls were fatally shot in a one-room schoolhouse in Nickle Mines, Pennsylvania, in 2006. The suspect, a milk truck driver who also murdered himself, informed his wife that he needed to avenge a 20-year-old wrongdoing.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were both diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020. Following that, the president was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment.
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