Milestones Feb. 21, 2000

DIED. CHARLES SCHULZ, 77, creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the gang of little losers at Peanuts, perhaps the world's most beloved cartoon; of colon cancer on the eve of the publication of the final Sunday strip; in San Francisco. At the news of his retirement in December, TIME's James Poniewozik wrote, "His lifework is a reminder that self-awareness and a refined sense of irony do not mean affectlessness, that being a loser does not mean being defeated."

DIED. DERRICK THOMAS, 33, Kansas City Chiefs' nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker who was one of President Bush's "thousand points of light"...

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