August 10: Happy Birthday Snoopy!

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Snoopy-Happy DanceEveryone’s favorite Beagle is celebrating his birthday today and the occasion reminds us how much the Peanuts Gang has been part of our everyday lives. As kids we enjoyed reading Charles M. Schulz’s four-panel strip in the daily newspaper and the Fawcett paperback books, seeing the 1967 off-Broadway musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and listening to several singles from The Royal Guardsmen like the 1966 #2 hit “Snoopy vs The Red Baron” on our transistor radios.

And to this day we never, ever miss watching the animated TV specials A Charlie Brown Christmas (which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015), It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

But today is about the birthday Beagle Snoopy, who, though he never actually speaks, offers more humor, personality and wisdom via his laughter, thought bubbles and gestures than almost anyone we know, human or four-legged. His multiple personae — whether he’s Joe Cool in his shades or snoozing on top of his doghouse or doing his signature “happy dance” — convey emotions we can all relate to.

Related: Watch the Peanuts Gang perform “Comfortably Numb”

On November 6, 2015, the whole gang returned to the big screen as The Peanuts Movie 3-D computer-animated comedy hit theaters nationwide (via 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation) from director Steve Martino (Ice Age: Continental Drift) and written by Schulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan. One of its producers was Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy, Ghostbusters).

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