Friday, December 9, 2016

Charlie Brown Celebrates His First Christmas Special

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs for the first time on December 9, 1965.
December 9, 1965
On this day back in 1965, perhaps the greatest Christmas TV special aired for the first time. A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on CBS and some thought that the show wouldn’t get a second viewing. Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, wanted to include a few verses from the Bible telling the nativity story which raised a lot of red flags with the network big wigs. They were afraid that the special would end up offended a large audience. Schulz refused to the special unless the passage was included. CBS relented and the special did amazingly well. Today the special usually airs two or three times during the month of December on ABC. And still, no one complains.