Happy 14th Birthday to The Family Circus!

By Tea Fougner

“Fourteen?” you say.  “That can’t be right,” you say.  But it’s true!  Today is The Family Circus’ fourteenth birthday– because The Family Circus was launched on Leap Day, 1960!

Here’s the very first Family Circus Strip, from February 29, 1960:

It’s not every year we get to celebrate the anniversary of this beloved comic! 
Bil Keane created Family Circus when he was a father with a young family, himself: 


Jeff Keane is now Ringmaster of the circus, and we’d like to take the opportunity to wish Jeff and the entire family a very happy anniversary– even “Not Me” and “Ida Know” — and we’d never forget our beloved dotted line!


 Have a happy Leap Day, and here’s to fourteen more birthdays for Family Circus!