When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

This Day in Pop Culture for August 11

"American Graffiti premiered on August 11, 1973.

 'American Graffiti' Premieres

On this day in 1973, George Lucas premiered his second full-length movie, American Graffiti (THX 1138 was his first). The coming of age movie set in 1962, is not what Lucas is usually known for. The movie followed a group of teenagers on their last night before they go to college. The film was partially an inspiration for the TV show Happy Days. Coincidentally, Ron Howard starred in the film and Happy Days. Co-star Cindy Williams later became Shirley in the Happy Days spinoff, Laverne and Shirley. Other stars included “no names” like Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford and Kathleen Quinlan.

Alcatraz Island took in its first inmates on August 11, 1934.

The First Civilian Prisoners Come To Alcatraz

It was on this day in 1934 that the very first civilian prisoners were sent to the federal prison on Alcatraz Island. Now considered a tourist attraction near San Francisco, Alcatraz was designed to hold the worst of the worst bank robbers, murderers and other offenders including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman) and George “Machine Gun” Kelly to name a few. The first group of 137 prisoners arrived on the island at 9:40 a.m. The staff were highly trained in security but lack rehabilitation skills. During its 29 years of operation, 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts but no prisoner successfully made it off the island (however there are five listed as “missing and presumed drowned” but no one know for sure).


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