Today is the birthday of the comic strip Dennis the Menace. The inspiration for the comic strip came from the real life son (named Dennis) of Hank Ketcham.
Unable to find a suitable name for his comic strip depicting the antics of his four year old son, it was "one" day that Dennis at four years old, refused to take a nap and went about messing up his room.
It was on this day that Dennis' mother (Alice) exclaimed to his father, "Your son is a menace!"
On March 12, 1951, the precocious yet lovable, freckle-face boy in comic strip form made its debut in sixteen syndicated newspapers.