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This date in history: Groucho and friends

What do Groucho Marx, Woodrow Wilson and Charles Schulz have in common? If you said they’re all dead, you wouldn’t be wrong, but the better answer is that significant events happened in their lives on this date, Oct. 2.

Groucho’s life actually began on Oct. 2, 1890 in New York City. Sam and Minnie Marx named their third son, Julius Henry. His older brothers were Leonard and Arthur. We know them better as Chico and Harpo.

The boys, along with two younger brothers, took to the stage early, starting out as singers. When they began joking around during performances, the Marx Brothers learned that people liked them better as comedians.

They made 13 films together, with Groucho playing wisecracking characters in each one of them. He’s still remembered for his signature greasepaint moustache, eyebrows and cigar.   

Woodrow Wilson is remembered for his Progressive agenda as president, and for being a Chief Executive with Southern roots. Wilson was born in Staunton, VA but was raised in Augusta, GA. He later practiced law in Atlanta.  

The democrat served two terms as president, but the second one took a nasty turn on Oct. 2, 1919, when Wilson suffered a massive stroke. It left the 62-year-old partially paralyzed and nearly blind in one eye.

Wilson’s wife kept that information from the public, and truth be told, replaced her husband as president. Despite poor health, Wilson served out his second term and lived another four-and-a-half years.

Historical trivia: Woodrow Wilson is the only president interred in Washington, D.C.  He is buried at Washington National Cathedral.

Charles Schulz’s final resting place is Sonoma, CA. We lost the cartoonist in February 2000, following a brave battle with colon cancer.

As most people know, Schulz is the man who introduced us to Charlie Brown, Snoopy and a host of other characters from the Peanuts comic strip.

Today is the 65th anniversary of the strip’s first appearance in the papers. Nine daily newspapers carried those first panels on October 2, 1950, among them the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, and is considered one of the most popular and influential in the history of comic strips.

It’s also the only one to make a successful transition to television. That means we can’t be too far away from the airing of two of the classics, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. We’ve watched both countless times over the years, but  I can’t wait to see them again.

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